SBS in DC - Spend the summer interning in DC with a cohort of your peers

SBS in DC is an exciting summer internship program that connects UMass Amherst College of Social & Behavioral Science majors with UMass alumni working in Washington DC.  Entering into its sixth year, the program has proven to be a stepping stone for students interested in careers in fields like policy, non-profits, international development, strategy, marketing, PR, government, campaign work and more. Program participants are matched with host internship sites for a 10-week summer internship, participate in a hybrid online/face to face class, and have the opportunity to network with UMass Alumni who are working in the area, and live together as a cohort in DC. Alumni mentor students at internship sites all over DC.


  • Prerequisites
    There will be a mandatory 1-credit class in the spring semester that all participants must register for that will cover topics such as professional etiquette & communication, networking, DC 101, internship expectations, identity and bias, policy & legislative process, learning objectives, and goal setting. Those selected into the program will receive access to the class in time for Spring registration.
  • Eligibility
    Any SBS majors who are current Sophomores and Juniors, as well as seniors who will graduate in the December following the summer program, are welcome to apply. SBS in DC is a selective program, with a limited number of internships available. We are looking for applicants who are serious about representing SBS in DC with our alumni hosts.
  • Funding

    Students who are selected into the cohort will be provided housing in DC with the other students in the cohort.* SBS may also pay for one academic credit for your summer internship. You may register for additional credits for the internship, but SBS will not pay for thoseAdditional funding to cover travel to DC, food, metro card, and other expenses may be available by applying for scholarship funds through AcademicWorks, dependent on financial need.

    *Please note, if public health and safety prevent the program from operating in-person in Washington DC, the program will be conducted remotely and housing will not be provided.

  • Questions?
    Please contact our SBS in DC Program Fellow ( or the Director of SBS in DC Rebecca Bell, for more information.


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