University Career Center

Program for Undergrads Seeking Internships in DC (PSIP)

Celebrating 50+ years of DC internships! The largest & oldest DC summer intern program!

Public Service Intern Program

The University Career Center's Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) prepares undergraduate students to obtain summer internships in Washington DC, educates them to build career development skills, connects them with alumni mentors, informs them about career options through speakers panels & employer visits in DC, and supports participants while living in our nation's capitol. The Universtiy Career Center is proud to offer PSIP, the oldest and largest summer intern program in the country!

PSIP engages talented students from any academic department or school to secure internships in policy organizations, congressional support offices, executive offices and agencies, judicial offices, special interest and lobby organizations, non-profits and advocacy groups, think tanks, museums and arts organizations, and print and broadcast media.

This signature University Career Center program works with students throughout the academic year to define what policy area/types of internships to apply to, develop valuable job search skills, build a community with their cohort, and experience life in DC.

Past PSIP participants often report the program is one of their most meaningful experiences at U-M, making lifelong friends and gaining valuable experience while learning from all that a summer in DC has to offer. It has been transformative for many PSIPers, as they got their foot in the door to their career and networked with professionals and U-M alumni working in DC.

2020-21 PSIP:  To express your interest in the program and sign up for email updates, fill out this brief form:

2020-21 PSIP Video:

Application closed

MASS MEETINGS - Attend ONE virtually to find out more about PSIP & the Fall application deadline:

Monday, September 14, 2020
6:00pm      Featuring recent PSIP participants & Student Coordinators

Virtual via Zoom:

Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:00pm     Featuring different PSIP alumni & Student Coordinators

Virtual via Zoom:


The application for the 2020-2021 PSIP cohort opens on Monday, September 14.

The application deadline is Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:59pm.                                                     

Interviews will take place October 5 and October 6 remotely with PSIP alumni and staff.           

Decision Day is Friday, October 9, 2020 with approximately 100 students selected for PSIP.


Thinking about applying to the University Career Center's Public Service Intern Program (PSIP)?

Here's what you need to know:

PSIP is a competitive program. Each year, more applicants apply than are admitted. We are looking for students willing to make a firm commitment to obtaining a public service internship in Washington DC by attending meetings, completing assignments, participating in office hours, researching internships, gaining career & job search skills, and building community with fellow PSIPers in both Ann Arbor and DC.

The application process contains two parts. First, a written application is collected. Second, applications are reviewed by staff and interview decisions are made. Applicants selected to interview will engage in interviews at the University Career Center with PSIP alums. In both aspects of the application process, we are looking for demonstrated interest in public service and a commitment to obtaining an internship in Washington DC, a willingness to follow instructions, a desire to be part of the PSIP community, and enthusiasm for PSIP. 

We are looking for students who will be exceptional interns – dedicated workers, apply their academic knowledge to their internship, and positively represent the University and PSIP in DC.

PSIP Staff will be at FestiFall to answer questions. 

2020-21 PSIP:  To express your interest in the program and sign up for email updates, fill out this brief form:


Can I participate in PSIP if I am planning to study abroad?

Unfortunately, because PSIP runs seminar meetings throughout the Fall and Winter semesters, we cannot accommodate students who will be abroad during that time.

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.