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.
Upon selection to the Brown in Washington, D.C. program, students will work with Swearer Center staff to understand program structure, identify suitable internship sites, and when appropriate - connect with others who might be able to provide relevant advice. While students are responsible for applying for and securing an internship at their placement, Swearer Center staff and CareerLAB will be available to provide guidance and support, link students with host institutions through alumni and CareerLAB networks, and collaborate with students and hosts to finalize necessary application, paperwork and work on the internship agreement.
Once a student's internship placement is finalized, Swearer Center staff will work with each student's supervisor to ensure that the practicum goals are clearly articulated, the student's schedule is relayed and a direct line of communication is established between the placement and the Swearer Center.