Policy Design Studio and Internship Program

  • Live and intern in Washington DC for the semester (fall, spring), study how policy is made, and earn 12 upper division credits!
  • Intern at an organization of interest to you (options include, but are not limited to, the White House, Congress, courts, government agencies, lobbying and consulting firms, advocacy groups, media outlets, museums, think tanks, and non-profit organizations). 
  • Gain valuable skills and hands-on work experience.
  • Research solutions to real world foreign policy issues in a weekly seminar at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, taught by a former U.S. Ambassador. 
  • Visit government agencies and historical sites, and attend networking events.

Policy Design Studio - The McCain institute

Courses

  • POS 494/598: McCain Institute Policy Design - 3 credits
  • POS 484/584: ASU-McCain Institute DC Internship - 6 credits
  • POS 484: McCain Institute Internship - 3 credits

Program dates

Spring 2018:  January 8th - April 27th, 2018
Fall 2018: TBD

Program fees

The program fee includes housing and program excursions. Additionally, students must also pay fulltime ASU tuition, fees, and transportation and living expenses. 

Program fee for spring 2018 - $5,560

Program fee for fall 2018 - $5,510

Eligibility

  • Students from any undergraduate or graduate program are eligible. 
  • Undergraduates must have a 3.0 ASU GPA and be a junior or senior to participate.
Priority application deadline
  • Fall 2018: April 20th, 2018

  • Spring 2019: TBD

Application

Click on the Apply Now link on our website, which will direct you to the Study Abroad Office application. In addition to the application, you will need to upload an unofficial transcript and clear scans of your student ID and government issued ID. You will also need to submit two recommendation forms (accessible via the Study Abroad application) from academic and/or professional references.

Applicants are charged a non-refundable $50 application fee. Once applications are reviewed, students who meet the program criteria are interviewed by a selection committee.

Accommodations

Students live at Washington Intern Student Housing at Woodley Park with a community of fellow Sun Devils in centrally located, furnished, suite style apartments.

FAQs

What will I be doing on the program?

What will I be doing on the program?

You will live in Washington DC during the fall or spring semester and intern four days a week at an organization of interest to you (options include, but are not limited to, the White House, Supreme Court, Congress, government departments and agencies, law firms, lobbying and consulting firms, media outlets, museums, think tanks, and non- profit organizations). Once a week, you will participate in a seminar at the McCain Institute in which you will research solutions to real world foreign policy issues. You will also have the opportunity to visit government agencies, historical sites, and network with professionals from a number of different fields.

Does this program work with my program?

Does this program work with my program?

Yes, this is a great resume building and networking opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in any program. You will gain invaluable, hands-on work experience. Other benefits include obtaining strong letters of recommendation from internship supervisors and potential job offers. Undergraduate students receive six credits of POS 484: ASU-McCain DC Internship, three credits of POS 484: McCain Institute Internship, and three credits of POS 494: McCain Institute Policy Design, which can count toward upper division major and/or general elective requirements. These credits can also count toward a minor and/or certificate offered through the School of Politics and Global Studies. To learn more, visit https://pgs.clas.asu.edu/content/minors-certificates. Graduate students receive six credits of POS 598: ASU-McCain DC Internship and three credits of POS 494: McCain Institute Policy Design.

Am I eligible to participate in the program?

Am I eligible to participate in the program?

Students from any undergraduate or graduate program are eligible. Undergraduate students must have a 3.0 ASU GPA and 60 hours of completed coursework by the semester in which they wish to participate. Transfer students should contact Dr. Cameron Thies at CAMERON.THIES@asu.edu for exceptions.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Click on the Apply Now link on our website, which will direct you to the Study Abroad Office application. In addition to the application, you will need to upload an unofficial transcript and clear scans of your student ID and government issued ID. You will also need to submit two recommendation forms (accessible via the Study Abroad application) from academic and/or professional references. Applicants are charged a non-refundable $50 application fee. Once applications are reviewed, students who meet the program criteria are interviewed by a selection committee.

When do I need to apply for the program?

When do I need to apply for the program?

  • Spring 2018- September 20th, 2017 (priority application deadline)
  • Fall 2018- TBD

What are the program dates?

What are the program dates?

  • Spring 2018- January 8th  – April 27th, 2018
  • Fall 2018- TBD

Am I responsible for finding my own internship?

Am I responsible for finding my own internship?

Yes, in order for you to have an experience in Washington DC that best fits your unique interests, background, and skills, we require that you secure your own internship. We have a number of resources and connections to organizations in DC which we will provide to help you through the process and ensure you find an internship that is a good fit. Contact Ms. Gisela Grant at giselagrant@asu.edu for more information. Please note that many internship providers have internship application deadlines well in advance of actual start date and may require a criminal background check.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Generally speaking, Washington D.C. based internships are not paid. However, on occasion, students may receive a paid internship within the program.

What is the program fee? What does this include?

What is the program fee? What does this include?

The Spring 2018 program fee is $5,435. This includes housing and program related excursions. The Fall 2018 program fee is TBD. Additionally, students must also pay fulltime ASU tuition, fees, and transportation and living expenses.

What additional costs am I responsible for?

What additional costs am I responsible for?

You are responsible for paying fulltime ASU tuition and student fees, airfare, transportation costs, daily meals, personal expenses, health insurance, and non-program related optional excursions. Once confirmed for the program, a $200 refundable housing deposit is due. Note that living expenses are somewhat higher in Washington DC than in Tempe.

Are there scholarships available? Can my financial aid be applied toward these costs?

Are there scholarships available? Can my financial aid be applied toward these costs?

Please refer to the Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources page under resources.

Will I take any classes? If yes, how many days a week ?

Will I take any classes? If yes, how many days a week ?

You will take one class in addition to your internship that is worth a total of 12 credits. This class is one day a week and lasts all day (from 9:00am - 3pm or 4pm), usually on Wednesdays. You can also take additional online courses if  you need to satisfy the minimum amount of credits for a scholarship. You will be working at your internship for the rest of the week. You may have a couple field trips during the week in which you will have to call off-work ahead of time. Be sure to notify your supervisor that you need this day off from work as soon as you receive the dates of the field trips.

Can I earn honors credit for this program?

Can I earn honors credit for this program?

If you are interested in earning honors credits, please contact Ms. Rachel Spera at Rachel.Spera@asu.edu with the McCain Institute.

Where will I be living?

Where will I be living?

You will live in Washington Intern Student Housing at Woodley Park (wishwoodleypark.com). The apartments house six students each and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All apartments are furnished and include utilities, AC, wireless internet, cable TV, cookware and dishware. WISH amenities also include daily maintenance, on-site staff, a computer lab, and access to social events. The apartments are centrally located, two blocks from the National Zoo and two blocks from the Metro. They are also one Metro stop from Dupont Circle, three stops from downtown Washington DC and the White House, and six stops from Capitol Hill.

Where can I find more information about the program?

Where can I find more information about the program?

  • Visit mccaininstitute.org for more information about the McCain Institute for International Leadership.
  • Attend an info session in September (for the spring program) or February/March (for the fall program) on the Tempe campus.

I have additional questions, who can I talk to?

I have additional questions, who can I talk to?

Please contact Ms.Gisela Grant at Gisela.Grant@asu.edu.