Washington D.C. Journalism, Communications, and PR Internships

From the  Institute on Political Journalism & U.S. Programs:

Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations and communication while earning academic credit. The eyes of the world are on Washington, DC as never before, and fair and accurate reporting is needed now more than ever.



Each year, Washington, DC attracts many journalism student interns who are all passionate about politics, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of the news business.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.


Earn course credit while you intern! You will earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level ethics, government and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities.


A journalism or communications internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. Based on your interests and skills, you will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area.  We have been creating academic internship experiences for nearly 50 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

Internship placements include:

  • PR and communication firms (examples include: kglobal Public Relations,  CRC Public Relations, Tusk Communications, Aderfo Group Public Relations)
  • Newspapers and magazines (Washington Examiner, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and National Defense Magazine)
  • TV and radio stations (examples include: Al Arabiya Television, Telemundo, Radio America, Voice of America)
  • News Services (examples include: Talk Media News Service, Hispanic Lind News Service and Federal News Service)

For non journalism and PR students we offer internship placements in:

  • Federal Agencies
  • Capitol Hill
  • Lobbying and advocacy organizations
  • Embassies
  • International Affairs NGOs
  • Think Tanks
  • Nonprofit organizations


Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections with working journalists and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:

  • Mentor Program with DC media and PR professionals
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
  • Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the National Press Club and Capitol Hill


My time at CRC Public Relation’s digital team has helped me gain a skill set that I will be able to use in my future career aspirations. I’m thankful for everyone who taught me and worked with me this summer.”
Shelby Miami University of Ohio
Intern, CRC Public Relations

“The Institute for Political Journalism helped me form lasting friendships, add to my writing portfolio, and experience all the art and culture that D.C. has to offer. I’ve come away from the summer with confidence in my abilities and connections that I know will last a lifetime.”
Carolyn McKenzie, University of Dallas
Intern, Catholic News Service

APPLY NOW – 5% Discount

Make plans for your summer! Visit www.DCinternships.org/IPJ to begin an online application today. Apply by the early deadline ofDecember 5 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.


We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship awards are granted based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.


 Institute on Political Journalism


June 2 – July 27, 2018

Early Application Deadline: December 5, 2017 – 5% tuition discount


Questions may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.


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