Washington DC Placement Program
Professional placement opportunities
Below is a list of various professional placement opportunities in Washington DC. Students will intern four days a week, Monday through to Thursday for the duration of the program.
Though the skill set for each internship will vary, the same core requirements will hold for all: professionalism, integrity, strong oral and written communication, research skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.
Students in the 2011 and 2012 programs, completed professional placements in the following organisations:
- American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
AEI is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare. Internship opportunities are available in the following overarching areas: economic policy, foreign and defense policy, social and political studies, public relations, The American online magazine, publications editing, marketing, government relations, and communications.
- Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Foundation will host up to two interns to work in its Washington office to staff its program series of lectures, roundtables and conferences with policy makers from the region.
- Capitol Hill
There are number of placements available with members of Congress and Senators. These include Congressman Peter Roskam, The Republican's Deputy Chief Whip, Congressman Brian Bilbray (R), and Senator James Inhofe (R). Students interning on the Hill will do a range of duties from responding to calls from constituents, giving Capitol tours, research for staff, and working on special projects.
- Council of the District of Columbia
This placement opportunity is in the office of Councilmember Tommy Wells of the Council of the District of Columbia (Washington DC). The internship includes a variety of responsibilities including research for staff and special projects, in the areas of regulation, transportation innovation, and other areas of government-business relations.
- DC Office of Planning (OP)
The DC Office of Planning performs planning for neighbourhoods, corridors, districts, historic preservation, public facilities, parks and open spaces, and individual sites across the District of Columbia. In addition, it engages in urban design, land use, and historic preservation review. OP also conducts historic resources research and community visioning, and manages, analyses, maps, and disseminates spatial and US Census data. The internship includes a variety of responsibilities including research for staff and special marketing and other communications projects related to general DC planning and matters pertaining to the city's business district.
- Downtown Business Improvement District
The Downtown Business Improvement District, is a private non-profit organisation that provides capital improvements, resources and research to enhance downtown Washington DC. The organisation will host up to three interns to work on special projects assessing the state of the downtown area and strategies for raising funds to improve it.
- East-West Center
The East-West Center established by the US Congress in 1960, works to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. It will host up to two interns to support the mission of its Washington office - to prepare the US for an era of growing Asia-Pacific prominence.
- International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council, a non-profit membership organisation dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively, will host up to three interns to work on their disaster recovery and sustainability programs of research and policy implementation.
- Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Austin is a global law firm, with 17 offices around the world. The student on this placement will work primarily with Sidley Austin's international trade and dispute resolution practice group, which provides services to clients in the area of: customs, export controls and economic sanctions; trade remedies; trade and investment policy and negotiations; foreign investment reviews; disputes arising under the World Trade Organization or free trade agreements; disputes arising under international investment treaties; international commercial arbitration.