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Washington Internship Institute

Washington Internship Institute

Belmont University partners with the Washington Internship Institute to offer academic and experiential learning with an internship in the heart of Washington, D.C. The mission of the Washington Internship Institute is to foster students’ intellectual, personal, and professional development through quality internships and challenging academic coursework that take full advantage of the opportunities in the nation’s capital.

Program Curriculum

Four days out of the week, you will contribute to meaningful projects and tasks in professional settings as part of the Internship.

The other day of the week, you will take two courses—the Core Course (3 credit hours) and the Internship Seminar (3 credit hours)—designed to enhance your internship experience and future career.  WII’s faculty includes top policy professionals and leading academics who guide you in examining policy issues. You may choose your core course which include:
•    Inside Washington:  Politics and Policy  
•    International and Foreign Policy Studies
•    Global Health Policy Studies
•    Global Women’s Leadership Development
•    Environmental Law and Policy Studies


Internships are required and an integral part of the Washington Internship Institute experience. Washington Internship Institute will assist you in securing your internship - learn more about their processes here. You will still need to meet with the internship coordinator in your college to discuss the process for earning academic credit for your internship and courses taken at Washington Internship Institute.

Program Details


Admissions Requirements

Program Dates

Fall Semester: Late August through early December
Spring Semester: Early January to early May


Fall and Spring: Belmont Tuition (full-time status), plus:
▶ A $500 non-refundable deposit is required with signed Participation & Acceptance Agreement and Disclosure Form and will be credited to the total program fee

Summer: Based on individualized summer course plan. Contact staff for more information.


▶ You may earn up to 12 hours of Belmont University credits


▶ You will be housed in a furnished apartment with up to 3 other students in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA  The apartment features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, internet access, television and washer and dryer in the unit  There is full kitchen with basic housewares.  The building offers a modest exercise room.  It is suggested that you do not bring a car.  The Crystal City subway is a five-minute walk from housing.

Other Expenses

▶A typical student spends $500 - $800 per month on food, city transportation, laundry, and entertainment.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Semester: December 1

Belmont USA and Washington Internship Institute Program Staff

Washington Internship Institute is administered by staff in Washington, D.C. In Nashville, the Belmont USA Program Coordinator manages the application and pre-departure processes and communicates with all students prior to their arrival in Washington, D.C.  In Washington, D.C, the Washington Internship Institute mentors you through your internship experience.

Belmont USA Coordinator: Vicki Allen - Nashville: e-mail Vicki