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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. 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.

Summer in Washington Program

  • Events hosted by alumni at organizations across Washington.
  • Informational interviews tailored to your personal interests.
  • Speakers, panels, and networking events at the Penn Biden Center.

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.
  • One-on-one advising with the program director for help finding internships or post-grad employment in Washington.

Penn in Washington's offices are located in the University of Pennsylvania's Claudia Cohen Hall, in the College Advising Office.