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The Washington Center Internship

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is pleased to announce a new competitive internship opportunity for 2 outstanding SIUC students in partnership with The Washington Center for Summer 2014. There are approximately 1,000 internship sites that include such experiences as the White House, Library of Congress, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Geographic, Congress, Peace Corps, U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Department of Interior.

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The Washington Center (TWC) was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit education organization located in Washington D.C. designed to provide college students with meaningful internship experiences along with leadership and civic engagement training in the nation's capitol.

Internship opportunities are matched with student interests and are located in Washing D.C. ranging from the Arts, Education, Humanities, Business, Economics, Media, Politics, International Affairs, Law, Criminal Justice, Health, Science, and Environment.

The internship is residency based and is to be considered a full-time internship with students working at their internship sites 4 days a week, 7 hours a day. The fifth day is reserved for leadership training and civic assignments. There is class room instruction in the evening. Typically academic credit is awarded to the participating students ranging from 12-15 credit hours.

The Illinois State Board of Higher Education has awarded SIUC appropriations to fund 2 scholarships at $5,882. The Washington Center is also offering SIUC students a $1,000 scholarship. Program costs not covered include SIUC tuition and fees, housing and living expenses that may exceed $10,000 for the summer. However, further financial assistance may be available.

Students must be at least 18 years of age, be of sophomore status or higher, maintain a grade point average of 2.75, and be approved by the SIUC internship selection committee before the final approval is given by The Washington Center.


How do I apply?

1. Students must log onto the Washington Center Application page, create an account and complete the online application.

2. Students must complete the Washington Center Application process, as described on their application webpage, which includes:

Resume: Include a one-page resume that outlines your educational background, honors or recognitions, work experience, activities, special skills, travel interests, etc. Please be sure to include any computer-related expertise or foreign language skills, as well as prior internships and community service activities. If you do not have a current resume, check with your campus career center for advice on format.

Statement of Professional Interest: In approximately 100 words, describe the kinds of activities in which you would like to be involved during your internship and how these activities would relate to your career goals. Please do not specify the name(s) of any particular organization in this statement.

Issues Essay: Please compose an essay of approximately 500 words to be used as a writing sample. This component of the application provides you with an opportunity to reflect on a key issue with which you may wish to be engaged during your internship and demonstrate your written communication skills to TWC and prospective internship site supervisors. You should ensure that your essay is relevant to the professional field in which you'd like to intern and includes your personal opinion on the issue discussed.

Transcript: You should make arrangements to have an official transcript sent to The Washington Center. Our address is The Washington Center, ATTN: Enrollment Services, 1333 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Letters of Recommendation*: Two letters of recommendation are required. One of these letters must be from a faculty member, while the other may be from a professional supervisor. Neither letter should come from a family member or friend, and it is suggested that you do not request letters from high school teachers. If you have below a 2.75 GPA, you will need to obtain three letters total (two of which should be from faculty members).

SIUC Campus Liaison = Dr. Roudy Hildreth (see information below)

3. Students should submit their supporting application material (Resume, Statement of Professional Interest, Issues Essay, Transcript, and Letters or Recommendation) along with a 250 word essay of how their SIU experience has prepared them for this internship opportunity to:

Dr. Roudy Hildreth

Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3138 Faner Hall

Carbondale, IL 62901-4501

Phone: 618-453-3169