Brown in DC Internship Placements

Internship Placement

The Brown in Washington, D.C. internship/practicum is a course designed to provide students with a hands-on learning experience to complement their academic work at Brown. The course will feature 25-hour/week internships assigned to students based on their personal interests, policy interests, and post-Brown career objectives.

Students will be able to reflect on this internship experience and how it relates to their academic and post-Brown life during weekly reflection seminar classes that will also include career skill development sessions that can be directly applied to the internship experience and beyond. Potential placement sites include government/public sector agencies (e.g., federal agencies, Congressional offices, state or municipal executive or legislative offices); nonprofit organizations; and other organizations with a public service mission and able to support meaningful internship placements for college students.


During their internship/ practicum, students will:

  • Explore career options and gain practical experience in organizations and disciplines that interest them;

  • Gain a deep understanding of how their host organization operates, and how it collaborates with other institutions especially in relation to the policy process;

  • Apply concepts and transfer knowledge between the classroom and the workplace;

  • Build their resume and acquire new skills that will empower them through their Brown-to-career transition;

  • Develop a network of professionals in Washington, D.C. that they can leverage upon graduation from Brown.

Securing Internships

Upon selection to the Brown in Washington, D.C. program, students will be assigned to career advisors. Advising sessions will determine student interests, offer options for internship host institutions, and offer students a chance to reflect on their academic experience, and their career objectives.  Swearer Center staff will link students with host institutions through alumni and CareerLab networks, and will collaborate with students and hosts to finalize necessary application, paperwork and work on the internship agreement. Internships will have specific assignments and overall goals that the students are expected to achieve throughout the semester.  

Hosting an Intern

Students will be in Washington, D.C. from the end of January to the beginning of May and are available for 25 hours per week. Potential placement sites include government/public sector agencies (e.g., federal agencies, Congressional offices, state or municipal executive or legislative offices); nonprofit organizations; and other organizations with a public service mission and able to support meaningful internship placements for college students. Some students may be interested in continuing to work with their placement agency through the summer, if such an opportunity is available.

Please contact brown-in-washington-dc@brown.edu if you are interested in hosting an intern.