Can I participate in PSIP if I am planning to study abroad?
Unfortunately because PSIP runs throughout the Fall and Winter semesters we cannot accommodate students who will be abroad.
How many students do you admit each year?
The number of students selected is largely determined by the number and strength of received applications. While there is no pre-set number of participants, generally anywhere from 80 to 100 students are selected. While sophomores and juniors typically comprise the majority of participants, first year students and seniors are welcome to apply.
Are internships guaranteed?
PSIP is an internship preparation program, not an internship placement program, so participation in the program does not automatically guarantee an internship. Rather the program is focused on ensuring you learn how to identify internships that are strong fits for you, and you develop the skills to present you as the best possible candidate. Students who fully engage the program have tremendous success in obtaining summer internships in Washington DC.
How long are the internships?
Because PSIP enables you to select your own internships how long you stay in DC is up to you. Most students opt to spend the end of May through the beginning of August in DC. However, some internships are shorter. Even past PSIP participants who stayed a month in DC still report a rich and exciting experience as a summer intern.
Does PSIP pay for housing? If not, how much does it cost?
Housing costs are your responsibility. For those participants who stay with the PSIP sponsored housing option the cost is around $3500.00. Students are not required, however, to stay in PSIP sponsored housing. The program works will all participants to educate them on the cost of living in DC and ways to maintain a cost effective budget.
Are internships paid?
While paid public service internships are less common, several paid internships are publicized as are internships with general, travel, or housing stipends. Often internships will offer ways to obtain academic credit in lieu of payment.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to students who qualify for need based aid as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. If you are concerned about financial limitations you are encouraged to speak with the PSIP Coordinator at The Career Center . To reach the PSIP Coordinator please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org