SBS in DC – Spend the summer interning in DC with a cohort of your peers
Location: Washington, D.C, DC Experience Type: Signature Programs
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 fourth 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.
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.
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.
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 those. Additional 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.
Previously, students have interned in and around Capitol Hill:
- Congresswoman Katherine Clark – MA-5 (D)
- Congressman Jim McGovern – MA-2 (D)
- Congressman Tony Cardenas – CA-29 (D)
- Congressman Brett Guthrie – KY-2 (R)
- Congressman Joe Kennedy III – MA-4 (D)
- Senator Elizabeth Warren – MA (D)
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Students have also interned with organizations that work on issues such as:
Foreign Affairs and International Development
- Sovereign Infrastructure Group
- Department of Defense, Office of the General Counsel
- Refugee Policy Program, Church World Service
- Center for Advanced Defense Studies
- The American Interest
Health & Environment
- American Dental Assoc. Congressional Lobby
- Mylan/Viatris Policy Research Unit
- American Gastroenterological Assoc. Public Policy & Government Affairs
- Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Workforce Health
- The Nature Conservancy
- American Rivers
Data, Strategy & PR
- Lincoln Park Strategies
- The Reis Group
- No Labels
- Targeted Victory
- New Blue Interactive
Here are some former SBS in DC cohort member testimonials:
Here is an article written by 2021 cohort member Lizette about her first week in DC
UMass Amherst College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst is proud to support our students as they complete internships in our nation's capitol. Through the generosity of our alumni donors, the College is able to cover the cost of summer housing for students in the cohort, making opportunities that may previously have been unattainable into a reality.
|Start Date:||May 29, 2021|
|End Date:||Aug 7, 2021|
|Apply By:||Oct 16, 2020|