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Ohio University Capital Internship Program

As the nation’s capital, Washington, DC is the locus of American political and economic decision-making. Living, working, and studying there can provide invaluable insight and experience for aspiring future leaders from Ohio University. Recognizing the value of Washington as a learning-by-doing laboratory for increasing societal and community engagement, OHIO President Duane Nellis founded the new Ohio University Capital Internship Program as one of his Strategic Pathways for Ohio University.


Deadline to apply is Monday, October 29, 2018



Through the Ohio University Capital Internship Program, a select cohort of OHIO students will spend a semester term working full time in Washington, DC in a placement such as the office of a Member of Congress or a Congressional Committee. Interns may take on a range of roles depending on the particular needs of the placement host. Capital Interns will live in a common location, facilitating peer-to-peer learning and co-curricular opportunities.

Prior to going to Washington, selected students will prepare for the internship experience by participating in professional development through the Career and Leadership Development Center, as well as through curricular work to familiarize them with relevant policy issues. During their semester in Washington, Capital Interns will earn a minimum of 12 credit hours, which may combine Political Science (POLS 4910), and/or home-department internship course credits. Students may also choose to take online courses to fulfill a reasonable coursework load that supplements the internship experience and their major requirements.

In addition to their internship duties, Capital Interns will participate in enrichment experiences organized specifically for them, such as events with distinguished alumni, sessions with OHIO faculty and staff visiting DC, and guided tours of significant area institutions.



The program is co-directed by Dr. Geoff Dabelko, Director of the Environmental Studies program in Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and Dr. Sarah Poggione, Chair of Political Science in College of Arts and Sciences.


Program Dates

Spring Semester 2019- January 13 – April 27

Fall Semester 2019- TBD


Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate students
    • Junior or Senior status in any major, on any OHIO campus  (Exceptional sophomores may also be nominated)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or permission of program director
  • All participants must be in good judicial standing- 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 away. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.


Application Process

  • Online application including personal statement outlining personal, academic and professional goals,  two letters of recommendation, and a resume
  • Interview with selection committee


Living Arrangements

All students will live in furnished apartments in the Woodley Park neighborhood. The apartments are located just a few blocks from the National Zoo and is across the street from a DC Metro Red Line stop. It is a safe and convenient location and includes restaurants, cafes, shops and DC attractions and museums within walking distance.



For a full cost breakdown, visit:

Housing for each Ohio University Capital Intern will be covered by the Ohio University Capital Internship Program. The remaining cost of attendance will be consistent with a regular academic semester.

Requesting Accommodation for Disabilities

Students who plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study away program and wish to request accommodation, should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete a Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend this be done as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.