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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Leadership and Community Engagement
  • Various

Program Feature

  • Internship


  • United States

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Semester

For more information, contact:  

Geoff Dabelko
Faculty Co-Director 
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service

Michael Burton
Faculty Co- Director 
Political Science Dept, College of Arts & Sciences  

Office of Global Opportunities



Through the Ohio University Capital Internship Program, a small cohort of OHIO students spend the fall or spring semester term working full time in Washington, D.C. as interns.  Previous students on this program have worked on Capitol Hill in Congressional offices. Interns may take on a range of roles depending on the particular needs of the placement host. Internships are both paid and unpaid, depending on the placement. 

After being accepted into the program, students will begin applying to various internships of interest on Capitol Hill.  Students will have coaching and support through the internship application process.  Ultimately, it is each student's responsibility to secure an internship prior to arrival in DC.  

Highlights and Excursions 

Capital Interns start their semesters with a week-long, required orientation in Washington. Students will have a wide range of enrichment experiences organized specifically for them, such as meetings with distinguished alumni, lectures from experts, sessions with OHIO faculty and staff, and guided tours of significant area institutions.

This OHIO Today article   provides additional information on the activities the students are involved with during their semester in Washington, D.C.

Good to know

  • This program is offered in both the Fall and Spring Semester. 
  • This program is a Presidential Initiative. 
  • This is a competitive opportunity.

Living Arrangements 

All interns will live in furnished apartments in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Apartments are shared and students may be housed with interns from other universities. The apartments are located just a few blocks from the National Zoo and are across the street from a D.C. Metro Red Line Woodley Park Station. It is a safe and convenient location and includes restaurants, cafes, shops, and D.C. attractions within walking distance.

Program Dates 

Spring Semester: January 12, 2020 - May 2, 2020

Fall Semester: August 22, 2020 - December 13, 2020

This program is offered annually, each semester. 

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


Students will earn a minimum of 12 credit hours.

This will include Political Science (POLS 4910).  Students may also take home-department internship course credits, if required.

While it is not recommended or encouraged based on the time commitment of the internships our students participate in, students may add an online course during the internship, particularly if it is required to fulfill major requirements or directly supplements the internship experience.


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, internship support, and networking activities.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 12 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, Spring 2020
Graduate Student Budget Worksheet, Spring 2020

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, Fall 2020
Graduate Student Budget Worksheet, Fall 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

This program features a generous scholarship for each participants, as outline on the student budget worksheet.

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility & Requirements 

Undergraduate students

  • Students must demonstrate interest in politics, government, or policy
  • Students from any major or discipline can apply
  • Open to student from any OHIO Campus
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or permission of program director
  • Preference is given to Junior or Senior status

Application requires:

  • Personal statement outlining personal, academic and professional goals
    • Students are encouraged to detail how their previous curricular, co-curricular, and/or work experience has prepared them to succeed in a fast-moving and demanding work environment and how this internship experience will advance their career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A resume

Selected applicants will be invited to interview with selection committee

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.  

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.