About the Washington Internship Program

Would you like to work in the US Congress?

Since 2000, Flinders has sent over 110 students on a unique program which provides a 7-week placement in the US Congress. Students work full-time in the office of a member of the United States Senate or the US House of Representatives. The program provides an opportunity, unparalleled in Australasia, to experience political life in Washington DC.

Students who participate in this program return with a unique appreciation of the workings of the American political system. While in Washington they develop a research project which will be the basis for their assessment in this Internship which is a University topic.

Students who complete the placement will receive 9 units of third year level work. The Washington Internship Program is counted towards a major in American Studies, International Relations and Politics.

The 2017 Interns were invited to attend President Trump Inauguration

Lastest blogs from 2016 Interns:

State of Union

Obama Executive Order


Read more about the experiences of 2011 Intern, Tom Schinckel (PDF 611KB)

Top US Congressman shares tips for SA success

Jesse Barker Gale, intern for 2015, maintained contact with his assigned office Representative of Washington's 7th District Congressman McDermott.  During Mr McDermott's visit to Australia he ensured Adelaide was on the itinerary to meet with past Washington Internship Students and the State of South Australia.  Read his interview with Flinders MACO.


Interns get a front row seat at US democracy

Interns attended an Australian Embassy reception held in their honour.


Eleanor Kellett The wonders of Washington - American Studies student Eleanor Kellett reports from Capitol Hill where she is taking part in Flinders University’s Washington Internship Program.






 Wednesday 10th April, 2019, noon in room LWCM2.48


Applications are now open and close 25th July 2019

  WIP 2020 application form (PDF 269KB)


To view the Washington Internship Program, click here:

   WIP booklet 2018 (PDF 6MB)


Combined Washington Internship Program / Capital Semester Program

Students can extend their time on Capitol Hill through a 17 week internship supported by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS).

This is a new development and will run from the first of January through the first week of May of each year.  The combined program is a 17 week program constituting a full semester load of 13.5 units.  This is only available as an undergraduate program and is capped at 4 students per year.

The Washington Internship Program/Capital Semester Program (WIPCAS) will combine a Congressional placement with studies at George Mason Univeristy (GMU). Each student will enrol into one Flinders topic (AMST3106: 9 Flinders units) and two George Mason University topics; International Economic Policy (ECON385: equivalent to 2.25 Flinders units) and Constitutional Interpretations (GOVT422: equivalent to 2.25 Flinders units). The office work associated with the Internship will be reduced to four days a week to provide study time, and students will retain their initial housing on Capitol Hill.

More information available from Professor Don DeBats or Ali Lehman, American Studies office.