The Internship Program in Washington, DC


Spend a semester or summer in our nation's capital!

Our department is an affiliate of the SUNY Washington Internship Program, giving our students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earning credits towards their degree at OSU.  Over 3,000 students from around the country have been part of the SUNY Program since it began in 1967, and many have used their internship as a springboard to employment after college. 

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 "I loved my internship and learned a lot during my semester in DC.  One of my favorite things about DC is going to the National Mall and seeing all the monuments and museums.  All in all, I am so happy that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and took advantage of this amazing opportunity."

- OSU student Callyn Maxwell, Spring 2017

OSU students who participate in the program earn 16 credits for the experience during the fall or spring semester and 6 in the summer.  The internship program is open to any major at OSU, though political science majors who participate will receive credit for their required Senior Capstone class.  

2017-2018 Program Costs

  Fall & Spring Semester   Summer Semester   Compare to a Semester at OSU***
Tuition and fees* $8,705   $4,525    $5,240
Scholarship for OSU students deduct $2,800   deduct $1,400   --
           
Housing through WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing) $3,900-$4,300**   $3,900-$4,300**    $4,470
           
Approximate Total Costs $9,905  $7,125   $9, 710 

*DC Internship tuition and fees calculated for non-New York resident costs.
**WISH housing costs vary depending on the number of roommates.
***OSU costs are based on estimates for an average in-state student and does include a student meal plan.  The SUNY Brockport program recommends budgeting another $1,500 for meals in DC.

OSU students who participate in the SUNY Washington program may also be eligible for the College of Arts and Sciences' Henry Bellmon Leadership - Internship Program, which awards between $500-2500 to help offset the cost of housing, travel, and living expenses.  For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, visit the CAS Scholarships and Aid website.


The on-campus liaison for the SUNY Washington program is Professor Chad Hankinson in the Department of Political Science.  You can contact him at chad.hankinson@okstate.edu  or (405)744-2696 to learn more about the program.