• Junior, Senior
• 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Pre-requisite: Preparation for Wisconsin in Washington Course to be taken the semester before participating in the program. 
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Internships, Political Science

Classroom Language



We typically place students in rooms with others of the same sex. In some locations, this is necessary for legal or cultural reasons.  We understand that not all students may identify as female or male, and we want to create a welcoming environment for you while you are away.  We are happy to work with students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and/or non-binary regarding life abroad.  If you have questions or concerns regarding housing as it relates to your gender identity, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor.

Program Duration

Fall semester: early September to mid December

Spring semester: early January to early May

Summer: end of May to mid July

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Fall 2018-19  9/29/2017
Extended Deadline: 1/12/2018
Spring 2018-19  3/2/2018
Extended Deadline: 3/23/2018
Summer 2019  10/5/2018
Fall 2019-20  10/5/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

United States, Washington, DC
UW Wisconsin in Washington, DC Internship Program

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Spend a semester or summer on an internship in Washington, DC, focusing on domestic or international policy issues while living in the heart of the nation's capital.

As you earn academic credit for your internship, you'll gain first-hand experience in the political sphere of Washington, DC, connecting with UW alumni and other professionals.   Semester students will have the option to take a course taught by our Ambassador in Residence. 


Choose between a domestic or international policy focus, completing an internship at one of a number of local offices or organizations, including: Congress, the White House, executive departments and agencies, public policy advocacy and lobbying firms, think tanks, non-profits, law firms and legal institutions, print and broadcast media outlets, marketing and public relations firms, historical sites, and political organizations among many other possibilities.

You'll also take a core academic course with fellow program participants, allowing you to critically reflect on your intern experience and the political and cultural nuances of Washington, DC.

This program is offered in partnership with the UW-Madison International Division and the Political Science department.