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Washington Academic Internship Program 2023

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Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
103 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM EST
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8th Annual WAIP Crowdfunding Campaign

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The Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP) selects outstanding undergraduate students from across The Ohio State University to spend a semester living, learning and interning in Washington, D.C. as John Glenn Fellows. Our mission is to support and develop the next generation of anti-racist public servants.

WAIP plays a critical role in the professional development of Buckeyes interested in public service.

For 23 years, students have been traveling from Columbus to D.C. to work in internships that reflect their career goals and academic interests. Students participating in this program deepen their understanding of the federal policy environment and many return to Washington after graduation, crediting their early career-success to WAIP.

Your gift offsets the cost of housing, making this experience more accessible to all students.

Through this campaign, we have collectively raised over $140,000 (from more than 1,000 donations) for student scholarships. With dramatic rises in housing costs, the need for support is greater than ever.

Help us ensure that every deserving student has the chance to participate. Every gift — no matter the size — makes a difference.

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Friendship 7

On February 20, 1962, NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Mercury capsule Friendship 7.


Years Served by Senator Glenn

Senator John Glenn served Ohio for 25 years in the U.S. Senate.


Glenn's 2nd Trip to Space

Senator Glenn was 77 the second time he returned to space in 1998. Though it had been more than 35 years since he had last suited up, Glenn was selected as part of the crew aboard the space shuttle Discovery.


Visit to the Glenn Museum

If you took a roundtrip from the John Glenn College in Columbus to the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Ohio, you would travel 150 miles. The museum features John Glenn's boyhood home where visitors can experience American history through the prism of the Glenns' lives. An annual cumulative contribution of $150 qualifies you to be a "life donor" to Ohio State. Make your gift in honor of Senator Glenn and his life today.


# of donations made last year

163 donations were made to the 2022 WAIP crowdfunding campaign, totaling $30,000!


Minutes of Friendship 7 flight

John Glenn's Friendship 7 was in flight for 4 hours and 56 minutes, or 296 total minutes.

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