The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers an exciting opportunity for Ohio State students to study and work in the nation's capital. The Washington Academic Internship Program selects outstanding undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., as John Glenn Fellows. Students work in field placements that reflect their particular areas of academic interest. Recent internships include the EPA, U.S. Department of Education, Children's Defense Fund, Partnership for Public Service, Battelle, U.S Department of Commerce, the White House, U.S. Senate and the Federal Judicial Center. The internships are life changing and allow students to apply what they've learned in the classroom.
While in Washington, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students. Students earn academic credit hours for their internship, the research seminar in which a policy paper is developed, and a course on policymaking and public service in the Washington community. Students will deepen their understanding of policy issues through weekly policy salons with experts. Friday study tours each week will also allow students to explore and experience different aspects of Washington.
Participants in the program meet policy professionals and interact with Ohio State alumni in the region. This interaction has value far beyond the semester in which the students are involved in the program. Real opportunities are presented for career advice, professional development, and cross-generational exchange.
This opportunity, while priceless, costs students an extra $4200 for their semester in Washington, making it cost prohibitive for many to go.