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SUMMER 2019: The Fund for American Studies - Journalism/Communications Intern (Deadline -- January 15)

Nov 20, 2018

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2019 Journalism + Communications Academic Internship Program in Washington, DC.  Hosted by The Fund for American Studies, the program includes:

  •  Undergraduate academic credit from George Mason University
  • Internship placement with a media or public relations organization in the Washington, DC Metro Area
  • Fully furnished on-campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Leadership Scholars Program – Full Scholarships Available: January 15 Deadline
Through this new scholarship program, TFAS will provide more than 40 full scholarships for top students to participate in our summer program. More information may be found at

Nominate a Top Student Today
Please consider nominating your top students for special scholarship consideration. We award close to a million dollars annually and preference is given to nominated students. You may nominate by visiting  

Please share the announcement below with any undergraduate students who may be interested in spending their summer in Washington interning in journalism, communication or public relations. I have also attached here a flyer that may be hung up or distributed via email. More information on our programs may be found at Please contact me with any questions. I can be reached at or 202.986.0384. Thank you so much for your assistance.


Joe Starrs
Program Director, Journalism + Communications
The Fund for American Studies

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN in Washington, DC this Summer!
Journalism + Communications Academic Internship Program 
Hosted by The Fund for American Studies     
Full Scholarships (Leadership Scholars Program) Deadline: January 15
Priority Deadline: February 12

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! For 8 weeks students will intern in the fields of journalism, public relations or communication while earning academic credit. The eyes of the world are on Washington, DC as never before, and fair and accurate reporting is needed now more than ever.

Each year, Washington, DC attracts many journalism student interns who are all passionate about politics, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of the news business.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

Earn course credit while you intern! You will earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level ethics, government and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities.

A journalism or communications internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. Based on your interests and skills, you will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area.  We have been creating academic internship experiences for nearly 50 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC. 

Internship placements include:
•    Newspapers and magazines (Washington Examiner, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and National Defense Magazine)
•    TV and radio stations (examples include: Al Arabiya Television, Telemundo, Radio America, Voice of America)
•    News Services (examples include: Talk Media News Service, Hispanic Lind News Service and Federal News Service) 
•    PR and communication firms (examples include: kglobal Public Relations, Tusk Communications, Aderfo Group Public Relations) 

For communications and public relations students we offer internship placements in:
•    Federal Agencies
•    Capitol Hill
•    Lobbying and advocacy organizations
•    Embassies
•    International Affairs NGOs
•    Think Tanks
•    Nonprofit organizations 

Who you know does matter - especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections with working journalists and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.  

We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:  
•    Mentor Program with DC media and PR professionals
•    Professional Development Seminars
•    Roundtable Discussions + Networking Receptions
•    Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the National Press Club, Newseum and Capitol Hill 

“This program has given me the opportunity to experience what being a journalist is really all about. This summer has taken what I have learned on my college campus and applied it to working in the real world. I've been able to help cover things such as the James Comey hearing, a press conference by President Donald Trump's lawyer, the Congressional Baseball Game, the Equality March, and so much more. I never would have had these incredible experiences without this program.”
Elizabeth Elkin, University of Alabama
Intern, German Press Agency

“The Journalism + Communications Program helped me form lasting friendships, add to my writing portfolio, and experience all the art and culture that D.C. has to offer. I've come away from the summer with confidence in my abilities and connections that I know will last a lifetime.”
Carolyn McKenzie, University of Dallas
Intern, Catholic News Service

Full/Partial Scholarships + Application Instructions 
We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit with more than 80% of students receiving full or partial funding. Full summer scholarships are available through our Leadership Scholars Program

The Leadership Scholars Summer Program deadline is January 15 and the Priority Deadline is February 12. To learn more and to begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.

Collegiate Journalism Awards
Have you produced some solid reporting in the last year? If so, please consider submitting your best work to The Fund for American Studies Collegiate Journalism Awards. We offer cash prizes plus generous scholarships to attend our summer DC Internship program. Click here for entry guidelines and other details.