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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2020 12/06/2019 12/13/2019 05/27/2020 08/03/2020
NOTE: Start and end dates are tentative and subject to change
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: Guardian Scholars, HSS Study Abroad Scholarship, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, Program Scholarship
Housing Options: Residence Halls Unit Type: Resident Units
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: All Graduate Programs, All Undergraduate Majors Language Prerequisite: None
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences Special Notes: Students with lower GPAs but strong references & relevant experiences/activities encouraged to apply
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Opportunity: Yes GPA requirement: 3.00
Program Description:

CSUF: Cal State D.C. Scholars Program, Summer 2020

Intern at Jefferson Monument
Since 2006, the Cal State DC program has offered students opportunities to study and intern in our nation's capital. Through our program students earn academic credit while interning in Washington. Internships can be with nonprofits, advocacy groups, congressional offices, executive agencies, museums, security firms, business groups, political parties, artistic organizations, news and media companies, and a variety of other offices in and around Washington, D.C. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from ALL MAJORS are encouraged to apply.  The program is neither partisan nor ideological and welcomes students from all political persuasions. 

Program Highlights

  • Open to juniors and seniors in ALL MAJORS
  • Graduate students are eligible to participate!
  • Study and intern in our nation's capital
  • Financial assistance is available
  • Enroll in 6 units through Summer Session
  • Congressional internships available
  • Courses are taught and supervised by CSU faculty
  • Housing available for reasonable prices and in convenient locations close to transportation, nightlife, and work locations
  • Students from other Cal State campuses are welcome
Below you will find information and links to additional information about the application process, the courses, internship opportunities, financial aid, and housing information. You will also find information about other services provided through this program like special networking receptions, a speaker series, and tours of interesting places during your summer stay.

Courses and Faculty

Through our program students will earn college credit on site in Washington, DC from courses taught and supervised by CSU faculty. These courses are designed to help students get the most out of their experiences while still progressing towards graduation. In the Summer, students must enroll in 6 units, which include 3 internship units and a specially designed upper division course that incorporates the culture, history, and professional networks available only in DC.  Students must meet with their major advisor to discuss whether and how Cal State DC courses can be used to meet major requirements.  All students may use the Cal State DC courses as general electives to meet the 120 unit requirement for a bachelor’s degree. 

POSC 498: Internship
POSC 402: Cal State DC

2020 Summer Cal State DC Residential Faculty:

  • To be named

Internship Opportunities

Opportunities for Students
There are many nonprofits, cultural centers, businesses, advocacy groups, political organizations, lobby firms, think tanks, and other organizations that offer internships. Opportunities are limited only by your imagination!  We strongly encourage students to identify potential areas of interest and possible internship sites or organizations before applying, and to discuss their internship interests with an advisor in the Cal State DC Program.

Students interested in a DC internship should:

  • Attend an information session and application workshop
  • Apply online via the CSUF Study Abroad application portal
  • Meet with a Cal State DC advisor and your major advisor to complete the Cal State DC advising worksheet; submit the worksheet as an attachment to your online application
  • Develop a list of internships that interest you
  • Check internship application due dates
  • Draft a cover letter, resume, and obtain letters of recommendation
  • Submit applications to internship offices
Through the work of many at CSUF and the support of our alumni network here and in Washington, we have developed relationships with a number of internship offices. CSU Fullerton students who are interested in exploring these opportunities should contact the Cal State DC office at

Opportunities in Congressional Offices
Applications and information about Congressional internships are available at the web pages of each individual member. Senate web sites can be found at and U.S. House web sites can be found at Members of Congress prefer students from their districts but do take students from all over the country, with no party affiliation, and even students from the other party. If you have questions about applying contact the internship coordinator for that office or the Cal State DC office.

Examples of past Internships by College
The Arts
  • Ford's Theater
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Kennedy Performing Arts Center
  • PBS & NPR
Business & Economics
  • Import/Export Bank
  • NPR Finance
  • Center for Economics Justice  
  • Fox News DC
  • CNN
  • National Geographic
  • Washington Post
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education
  • Achieving the Dream
Engineering & Computer Science
  • NASA
  • Imagine One Technology and Management
  • Aerospace Industries Association
Health & Human Development
  • American Red Cross
  • The One Campaign
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • National Coalition for the Homeless
  • U.S. Congress
  • Secret Service
  • Smithsonian Museum
Natural Science & Mathematics
  • Earth Day Network
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH)
  • Kyle House Group
  • Lexington Institute
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • National Defense University - Foundation

WISH housingAbove: One of WISH's property on Capitol Hill (The Congressional)

Cal State DC student housing is contracted through Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) for reasonable prices and convenient locations close to transportation, nightlife, and work locations where many of you will be interning.
WISH is a provider of housing for interns from all over the country and all over the world.  You will be housed with other students and be able to enjoy special networking events sponsored by the housing agency and will include people from various career paths in DC.  The residential experience of living with and near interns from many different schools adds to the overall DC Internship experience. 

Short term housing is an expensive proposition in Washington, D.C.  Our program negotiates group discount rates to help offset the cost for students participating in Cal State DC. In addition, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has subsidized the cost of housing in order to keep it as affordable as possible. It is important for as many students as possible to have an opportunity to intern in DC!


Program Costs and Scholarships

The primary costs include tuition, room and board, and transportation to and from DC. Housing for the Summer semester is approximately $3,000. Tuition for Summer is exactly the same for Cal State Fullerton students through Summer Session or Open University (for other CSU students). Living expenses vary according to your lifestyle; recent past DC Scholars have reported between $1,500 - $2,000. Round-trip airfare is approximately $450-$550. For more details, see the student budget sheet. 

Similar programs often charge thousands of dollars more. Student should contact for exact information about costs, available scholarships and financial support. Although financial assistance is available, interested students are encouraged to prepare and save for such a program and treat it as an investment in their future.

A program scholarship is available on a competitive basis to Cal State Fullerton students through our program. Students with majors and minors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply for the Experiential Learning Scholarship.  Other students should investigate scholarship opportunities available through their own academic College (Arts, Business, Education, Health and Human Development, Communications, Engineering and Computer Science, and Natural Science and Mathematics). 

Information for Students at Other CSU Campuses

Throughout the history of the program, Cal State Fullerton has welcomed students from other Cal State campuses into the program and we work with people on your campus to ensure a smooth transition of academic units and financial assistance to help students participate in this life changing experience.

Students from other campuses should contact the Program Director and their campus representative.  Applications will be evaluated by the program staff and by your campus representative.  If you do not see a representative from your campus listed below, please contact the program so we can get in touch with the appropriate person from your campus.

Other CSU Campuses

Sonoma State University
Professor David S. McCuan

CSU Dominguez Hills
Lisa Mastramico, Internship Coordinator
College of Arts and Humanities LIB 5532 

CSU Chico
Professor Diana Dwyre


Application, Deadlines & Information Sessions

Program Requirements
The Summer Cal State DC program is open to all CSU students in good standing. Typically, students must have attained Junior standing (60 earned units) prior to enrolling for Cal State DC classes. Normally a 3.0 GPA is required for admission to the program. However, students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply if they also have strong references and relevant experiences and activities.

Application Deadline
Applications for Summer 2020 are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  If students want to be considered for financial assistance, they must apply by Friday, December 6, 2019.  Students who apply after this date may be placed on a waiting list.  Please consult with the program staff concerning available space in the program for late applicants.

Important Reminder
This application is only for the Cal State DC Internship Program. By completing this application, students are eligible for inclusion in our program and will be considered for financial aid through our fellowship program. This application is NOT for an internship or for other scholarships or financial aid.  If accepted into the program, students must:

  1. work with our faculty and staff to secure a DC Internship
  2. register for the appropriate courses

For assistance in obtaining an internship contact the program director (

Applications will be reviewed by the Program Director and staff. Files are evaluated based on GPA, a faculty letter of recommendation, writing ability, and extra-curricular activities. Acceptance into the program will be determined on a rolling basis.

Students from other CSU campuses should consult with their campus representative.  Program staff will work with your campus representative to evaluate your application.

Cal State DC Summer 2020 Application and Information Sessions

Location: To be announced


Owen Holmes, Director

Program Email

Faculty (to be named)