The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is now accepting applications for their Spring and Summer 2021 Capital Semester Programs to be held in-person in Washington, D.C.

The Spring program will take place from January 13 to May 4, 2021. There are scholarships available, and more than 85% of students receive scholarship funding to participate in TFAS summer or semester programs.

Read on for information on the Spring and Summer 2021 Programs.

About the Internship Program

If you are looking to explore your personal leadership journey through the lens of historical lessons from the American presidency, this is the ideal TFAS program track for you.

Students seeking to grow as civic-minded leaders and exploring careers in public service, policy, politics, or the nonprofit sector will gain the professional experience needed to break into these competitive fields. Spending a full semester in the Nation’s Capital allows students to fully immerse themselves in their internships and feel like a real Washington insider by the end of the semester.

Spring 2021 Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency in Washington, DC: Apply Now

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         Program Tracks Include:
             – Public Policy + Economics 
             – International Affairs
             – Journalism + Communications
             – Business + Government Relations
             – Leadership + the American Presidency

Upcoming Deadlines

October 15: Spring 2021 Early Application Deadline
Students who apply by the October 15 early deadline will receive priority scholarship consideration.
November 16: Spring 2021 Final Application Deadline
December 8: Summer 2021 Early Application Deadline
January 25: Summer 2021 International Student Deadline

Cost and Scholarships

The costs associated with the program cover tuition at George Mason University and furnished housing at George Washington University (summer) or in the Capitol Hill neighborhood (semester).

The additional benefits of the comprehensive program, including an internship placement, guest lectures, networking events, professional seminars, and site briefings add value beyond just the classes and housing. The experience, knowledge, and contacts you will gain by participating in a TFAS program will be valuable assets and can increase your earning potential in the job market.

As an educational nonprofit organization, TFAS strives to provide as much scholarship funding to as many qualified and deserving students as possible. 85% of students attending TFAS programs are on full or partial awards based on merit and/or need. You can view the full costs here, but keep in mind that the majority of students receive scholarship funding to help cover a portion of the costs.

Please see the Admissions page for details on how to apply for a scholarship with your application.

“Before coming to Washington, D.C, I was struggling to choose whether to accept this opportunity due to financial reasons. Thanks to my scholarship, I have gained an unforgettable experience, and I have TFAS to thank for helping me take full advantage of this opportunity!”
       Anthony Bonini, University of Redlands
       Intern, Aspira Association Inc.

What Makes this Program Track Unique?

It’s much more than just coursework and an internship placement. The contacts you’ll make throughout the summer will be invaluable in finding that first job out of college.

  • 15-week internship placement in the fields of public policy, international affairs, or media (NGO, policy group, a federal agency, Congressional office, media outlet)
  • Coursework in international economics and government designed to complement your real-word experience
  • Guest lectures featuring prominent policy and economics experts
  • Experiential learning opportunities at places such as Mount. Vernon, Ford’s Theater, White House, and the Holocaust Museum
  • Networking through career-focused panels and small group discussions led by professionals working for government agencies Congressional offices, public affairs firms, the World Bank, and many more

The Comprehensive Package Includes

  • Roommate matching with other program students based upon compatibility criteria
  • Easy access to the safe and affordable Metro train and bus system
  • Full access to campus resources, including libraries, computer labs, and much more
  • Comprehensive orientation to the program, campus, and the city upon your arrival
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about your internship placement, financial aid, and general questions in the months leading up to the program
  • Continued staff support while you are in Washington to ensure that you have an amazing experience
  • Site briefings at institutions such as the Department of State, International Republican Institute, Capitol Hill, and the White House
  • Professional development seminars on topics including job searching, public speaking, and networking
  • A mentor program where you are matched with a DC professional working in politics, policy, diplomacy, or national security
  • Planned social events where you can connect with other student leaders participating in the program
    • These events may include a trip to a Nationals baseball game, guided tour of the monuments, election night watch party, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac, and a trip to Mt. Vernon
  • An active network of nearly 18,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program

This program track in sponsored in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

“The Leadership and the American Presidency program opened doors for me that I never thought possible. The opportunities presented through TFAS made me a more professionally developed, well rounded, and confident leader. I will be forever grateful for my TFAS experience.”
       Elizabeth Foster, Elmira College
       Intern, Campus Vote Project

Thoughts and Statistics

97% of students said the program expanded their network of professional contacts.

94% of students said the program made them more competitive in their field’s job market.

A Message from TFAS Regarding COVID-19

TFAS will continue to follow our academic partner’s, George Mason University’s, guidance on social distancing measures in the classroom and on campus.

Internship placements will follow the procedures of the individual organizations, with a combination of in-person and remote work. Guest lectures, briefings, networking, and other special events will be a combination of virtual and onsite sessions based on city/local guidance.  Students applying by the October 15 early deadline will receive priority scholarship consideration.

Apply Today!

Apply for the Spring 2021 Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency in Washington, DC here.