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, check out the CMC calendar for details
  • Read a newspaper daily, preferably The Washington Post or the New York Times on-line
  • 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 5Cs 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!