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  • Locations: Washington D.C., United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/06/2019 09/13/2019 01/20/2020 05/08/2020
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: Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), HSS Study Abroad Scholarship, Private Student Loans, Program Scholarship, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
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 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, Spring 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. 

"There was no other program that offers you the opportunity to feel like you are in the making of history. The chance to learn about the nation's history, be involved in the real political climate, and expand perspectives all took place in Washington D.C. The program is a lot to juggle but with lots of work comes lots of fun. Studying abroad in the U.S. carries multiple benefits such as being immersed in a new business oriented culture, meeting diverse people of different backgrounds, and travel to other areas if timed correctly!
If you want a semester away, the opportunity to intern at non profit organizations, news organizations, or even the U.S. House of Representatives, then this is the place for you! Ask questions and don't be afraid to take a chance! The experience is also what you put and make of it, be positive and Titans Reach Higher!" (2018)

View a video for the Cal State DC program!

Program Highlights

  • Open to juniors and seniors in ALL MAJORS
  • Graduate students are eligible to participate!
  • Other CSU students may apply for Summer program
  • Study and intern in our nation's capital
  • Tuition is the same as if you were taking the classes on the home CSU Fullerton campus
  • Financial aid is applicable to Spring program; Scholarships available on a competitive basis
  • Enroll in 12 units (including 6 internship units)
  • Courses are taught and supervised by CSU faculty
  • Housing available for reasonable prices and in convenient locations close to transportation, nightlife, and work locations
Below you will find information and links to additional information about the application process, the courses, internship opportunities, financial assistance, 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 Spring Semester, students must enroll in 12 units, which include 6 internship units and two specially designed upper division courses that incorporate 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.  (Graduate students will be enrolled in a section of HUM 599 instead of POSC 322.)


HUM 495: Internship
POSC 498: Internship
POSC 322: Leadership for Public Service (GE D.5)
POSC 402: Cal State DC


Spring Cal State DC Residential Faculty:

  • Prof. Kathryn Buechel

Internship Opportunities

Opportunities for Students
There are many nonprofits, cultural centers, 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 the Cal State DC director 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 on campus and through the support of our alumni network in Washington, we have developed relationships with a number of internship offices. Cal State Fullerton students who are interested in exploring these opportunities should contact the Cal State DC office at to discuss such opportunities.

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 generally prefer students from their districts but do take students from all over the country. If you have questions about applying contact the Cal State DC office or internship coordinator for the office in which you are interested.

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
  • Kyle House Group
  • Lexington Institute
  • Washington Internship Student Housing (WISH)
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • National Defense University - Foundation


WISH Housing view of CapitolAbove: A WISH 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 and provides a partial subsidy to help offset the cost for students participating in Cal State DC. It is important for as many students as possible to have an opportunity to intern in DC!

Program Costs & Scholarships

The primary costs include tuition, room and board, and transportation to and from DC. Housing for Spring semester is approximately $4,000. Tuition for Spring is exactly the same as if you were taking the classes at Cal State Fullerton. Living expenses vary according to your lifestyle; recent past DC Scholars have reported up to $2,000. Round-trip airfare is approximately $450-$550. 

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). 

Application, Deadlines & Information Sessions

Program Requirements
The Spring Cal State DC program is open to all Cal State Fullerton 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 Spring 2020 are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  To be considered for the program scholarship, complete applications must be received by Friday, September 6, 2019.  To be considered for acceptance, submit the following: 1) cover letter (why you want to be in the program and what type of internship you are seeking), 2) current resume, 3) unofficial transcripts (PDF; no screenshots) and 4) faculty letter of recommendation.

Applications received 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 by the early deadline, students are eligible for inclusion in our program and will be considered for the program scholarship. This application is NOT for an internship or for other scholarships or financial assistance.  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 at

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

Cal State DC Spring 2020 Application and Information Sessions

To learn more about the program and application process, attend one of these sessions. Space is limited so please e-mail to indicate which session you plan to attend.
Date Room Time
Wed., August 28, 2019 GH-211A 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Thurs., August 29, 2019 GH-211A 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 4, 2019 GH-211A 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 5, 2019 GH-211A 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 6, 2019 GH-211A 12 noon - 1 p.m.
or by appointment; e-mail    


Owen Holmes, Director 

Spring 2020 faculty
Prof. Kathryn Buechel

Program Email