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Summer Internships in Washington D.C. - Placements

Global Policy

Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, you will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.

Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.

Internship Placement Process

After you enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the USA—Global Policy Summer Internship in Washington, DC program, you will receive instructions from the program’s partner.

Global Experiences (GE). GE’s application will require a resume, transcript, and statement of professional goals. A GE Program Advisor helps you prepare for your interview with a Strengths assessment and provides support through the process.

While effort will be made to accommodate your preferences, specific internship placements are not guaranteed. You are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.

Placements may require a background check. Specific instructions will be provided once placement is confirmed.

Sample Internship Placements

You will be placed in internships with global policy making institutions, depending on student interest and the institution’s needs. Students will participate in a professional internship for approximately 30-35 hours per week. You are matched with an organization based on your skills, experience, career goals, and interests.

Sample Internships in Washington DC (PDF)

NGO and Policy focused: 

  • Advocacy and Government Affairs Internship
  • Communications Intern for Environmental Education Agency
  • NGO Peace-building Internship
  • Research and Advocacy Internship
  • Advocacy for Human Rights Organization
  • Internship with Foreign Policy Group
  • Social Entrepreneurship Internship
  • International Business Development
  • NGO Advocacy Internship

All enrolled students will be placed in an internship. Students with relevant experience and a GPA over 2.5 may have more placement options or an internship role with greater responsibility than students without experience or a lower GPA.

Placement Process (PDF)

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

We strongly recommend that you meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center or the Career Center on your home campus to have your resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to Global Experiences. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation examples.

Our Program Partner

For the Global Policy Internship in Washington, D.C. program, UC Davis Study Abroad partners with Global Experiences (GE), a study abroad organization that offers international internship experiences in select cities across four continents. GE offers customized internship placements to provide students with hands-on, professional experience within their chosen field.

The Global Policy Internship in Washington, D.C program is a customized program designed by GE uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of Global Experiences staff will lead the welcome orientation, coordinate group excursions and optional activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support. 

Transcript Notation

Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.

Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.