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Events, alumni networking, courses, and internships for Penn students on campus and in D.C.

About Us

Over the years, Penn in Washington has helped thousands of students find internships in Washington, engaged hundreds of alumni in mentoring and hiring interns from Penn, and organized dozens of events designed to give Penn students opportunities to explore some of the many fascinating topics addressed in the public policy arena and to meet some of the most interesting decisionmakers in Washington, many of whom are proud Penn alumni.

Through the Penn in Washington Semester Program, students spend either the fall or spring semester taking classes and interning in Washington, D.C. - and, with the new Washington and the World Scholars Program, they have the option to spend the summer abroad. During the academic year, we host many events on campus, including lectures, lunches, internship workshops, and other events for students interested in living and working in Washington. In the summer, our focus shifts entirely to D.C., where we offer a summer program that is free for all Penn students who find themselves in Washington over the summer. Throughout the year, we offer advice, internship help, alumni networking opportunities, and much more to Penn students.

Semester in Washington Program

  • Three classes (worth four credits) on various aspects of the public policy world, taught by incredible Washington insiders.
  • Internships at prestigious Washington institutions (including the Department of State, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Center for American Progress, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Department of Justice, and various White House Councils).
  • The chance to meet alumni working for Congress, top think tanks, the Department of Justice, powerful lobbying organizations, and many other areas in D.C.
  • The opportunity to study in D.C. and intern abroad over the summer through the Washington and the World Scholars Program

Summer in Washington Program

  • Opportunities for Penn students to learn from and network with Penn alumni in leadership roles in small, informal meetings.
  • Speakers such as Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and many others.
  • Social events organized by the Penn in Washington student group.

Penn in Washington On Campus

  • Speaker events with leaders in politics, government, and public policy.
  • Opportunities for students to have lunch with alumni, ask panels of alumni questions about a particular field in D.C., and find long-term mentors in D.C.
  • Access to our online Internship Database, which features over 1,000 sponsors - we help hundreds of students find and apply for incredible internships each year.
  • Study breaks and other social events for students in the Penn in Washington student network. 

Penn in Washington is part of the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania and is housed in Leadership Hall. We are grateful to receive support from the Fox Leadership Program and the Gentle Foundation.