Washington Program

Prepare to intern: What to do before applying

  • Take "Introduction to American Politics."
  • Continue your study of Government/Politics; we suggest coursework on Congress or Public Policy Analysis.
  • Attend the information session hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Spalding; More information can be found here.
  • Read a newspaper daily, preferably The Washington Post or the New York Times online.
  • Keep informed about current events.
  • Review this website.
  • Begin work on your résumé and have it reviewed by Career Services.
  • Research possible internships using Professor Pitney's website.
  • Investigate deadlines for security clearances.
  • Students from Pitzer, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd have different deadlines for applying to go off-campus; contact your home external studies or off-campus study office for application procedures and early deadlines.
  • Ask a professor (any faculty from the Claremont Colleges who has had you in class) for a recommendation letter at least two weeks in advance of the deadline date.
  • Students from Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps and Harvey Mudd: Request a transcript from your home registrar and submit with the rest of your application.
  • Complete the rest of your application and turn it in to the OCS office in Heggblade Center before 5:00 pm on the deadline date!