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  • Locations: Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: WFU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/15/2022 03/15/2022 TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 10/15/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Discover Washington, D.C. with an Internship

This exciting program will allow students to study and intern in the Capital while taking courses taught by a Wake Forest faculty member. Internships will be available from a variety of disciplines such as Political Science and International Affairs, Communication, Non-profits, NGOs, Policy, and the Arts. 

Apply early! Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full or the decision deadline has been reached. 
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Overview This exciting program allows students to study and intern in the nation's capital while taking courses taught by a Wake Forest faculty member. Internships are available from a variety of disciplines and areas such as Political Science and International Affairs, Communication, Non-profits, NGOs, and Policy. 

The Wake Washington program is available for students in the fall or spring semester; a Wake Forest faculty member serves as the Resident Professor.  The WFU Resident Professor teaches two courses in his/her field, with a focus on taking advantage of Washington D.C.'s resources to enhance the coursework. In addition, students engage in a four-day-per-week internship related to their interests. As part of this experience, students are responsible for writing a research paper on a topic related to their internship and for participating in a weekly meeting which includes opportunities to hear prominent speakers as well as to reflect on their internship experience. Alumni and parent mentors are available to students throughout the semester. Students earn 6 credits for the coursework taught by the resident professor and 6 credits for the internship experience and related obligations.
Location Washington, DC

Each fall and spring semester, students have the opportunity to intern away from the Reynolda Campus while continuing their academic studies.  Students enroll in two courses that take advantage of the Washington D.C. setting.  The courses incorporate visits to Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and the White House in addition to meetings with congressional and agency staff and interest group representatives.  Moreover, students will engage in an internship with a policy or politics focus for which there will be academic requirements of independent research and regular attendance at speeches and presentations on policy/politics related topics.

Internship Academic Credit for Wake Washington

Credit Hours:  6 
The default Internship Credit is 6 hours of elective credit toward graduation, listed as WWD 100.  Alternatively, students may split the credit toward two majors or a major and a minor but this must be worked out individually with the Dr. Harriger and the relevant departments/programs
Grade:  Internship credit must be taken for a grade.  P/F not permitted.
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Katy Harriger, Department of Politics and International Affairs, harriger@ (336-758-5450)
Dr. Harriger supervises and evaluates the academic work for the internship.  She will meet with you twice a semester in person and be in touch through email/phone the rest of the time.
Required Academic Work: Credit for the internship is awarded based on completion of a research paper on a topic related to your internship, regular reflective journal submissions, satisfactory review of your work by your supervisor at your internship site, and participation in program events/speakers. 
It is the student’s responsibility to speak to their major and minor advisor(s) regarding their abroad coursework and how (or if) it will count towards their degree plan.


Spring 2021 with Dr. Wei-Chin Lee, Politics & International Affairs

POL 260 U.S. and East Asia (3h) (CD)
An analytical survey of United States interaction with East Asia, with special emphasis on the strategic security and the political economy of the region.
POL 262 International Organizations (3h)
A survey of the philosophy, principles, organizational structure, and decision-making procedures of international organizations. In addition to the United Nations system, this course will analyze various international organizations in issues such as collective security, trade, economic development, human rights protection, and the environment.

Program activities may include visits to
International Organizations: International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, or one UN organization's office in DC 
Regional Organization: Organization of American States
Foreign embassies: Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and one of the Southeast Asian nations 
US government agencies: US State Department, the Supreme Court, Pentagon, FBI, CIA, National Archives and Records Administration, USAID 
NGOs: Washington Post, one international news agency (e.g., NHK) in DC, Oxfam 
Think Tanks: Brookings Institution (or attend one public event), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, or attend one public event), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (or attend one public event) 

Plus, 6 hrs of an internship with required research component.

Fall 2021 with Dr. Steven Gunkel, Sociology

SOC 352/ POL 286 White-collar Crime (3h) 
Study of criminal activity committed in the course of legitimate occupations including workplace crime, graft, and business crime. 
SOC 340 Corrections (3h)
Surveys the political, economic and social factors influencing the historical development of the corrections system. Institutional corrections such as jails, boot camps and prisons will be examined as well as community-based approaches such as probation and parole. 

Plus, 6 hrs of an internship with required research component.

Spring 2022 with Dr. Will Walldorf, Politics & International Affairs

POL 254 U.S. Foreign Policy (3h) 
Analyzes the historical and theoretical perspectives shaping U.S. engagement with the world past and present. Applies this understanding to current problems in U.S. foreign policy.
POL 252 Contemporary U.S. Grand Strategy (3h)
This course is designed to deepen understanding of the factors that most consistently and profoundly shape why the United States chooses to pursue the policies that it does abroad. This class explores, more specifically, how and to what extent geopolitics, interest groups, national values, international institutions, bureaucratic politics, and leadership psychology shape policy outcomes. The importance of each will be assessed in major periods of history - the interwar years, the early Cold War, late Cold War, 1990s and the present.

Plus, 6 hrs of an internship with required research component.

Fall 2022 with Dr. Christy Buchanan, Psychology

PSY 241 Developmental Psychology (3h) (D)
This course is a broad survey of developmental psychology.  Students will learn how physical, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics of humans develop over the life span, from conception until death, and about important influences on development.  They will learn to recognize the particular characteristics and needs of individuals at different ages (e.g., infancy, adolescence, old age), and will gain knowledge of both regularities (averages) and exceptions.  Students will increase their knowledge of, sensitivity to, and critical thinking about both biological and contextual, including cultural, influences on development. P-PSY 151 (or permission of instructor for WW Fall ’22)

The many organizations that support immigrant and/or international children, youth, and families in D.C. (see here, for example) provide potential resources and connections that can be used to highlight culturally diverse developmental phenomena.  I will investigate opportunities for guest speakers, field trips, interviewees, and/or use of archives toward this goal.

PSY 316/POL 286 Child Development and Social Policy (3h) (D)
This course covers theoretical and empirical examination of specialized areas within developmental psychology. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.  In this section of the course, the focus is on studying specific social policy issues that affect children, youth, and families, and that can be informed by research in developmental psychology.  Goals include gaining insight into the state of children in the United States, examining implications of developmental research for social policy on specific issues, and gaining insight into about the process of policy-making and the role of science in that process.  Relevant specific issues include but are not limited to child poverty; child abuse and neglect; foster care; health and mental health; infant and maternal mortality, equity in education; immigration; and nutrition. There will be opportunities built into the course for students to study topics of special interest to themselves. P-PSY 151 (or permission of instructor for WW Fall ’22)
Plus, 6 hrs of an internship with required research component.

Click Here to for a list of possible internship ideas. Contact Dr. Buchanan if you have questions or want more information. 
Faculty Spring 2021: Dr. Wei-Chin Lee, Politics and International Affairs,
Fall 2021: Dr. Steven Gunkel, Sociology,
Spring 2022: Dr. Will Walldorf, Politics and International Affairs,
Fall 2022: Dr. Christy Buchanan, Psychology,
Accommodation Accommodations are provided by the program.  Students will live together in fully furnished apartments leased by the university near public transportation.  Students participating on the program are required to live in program provided housing.  
Excursions Fridays during each week will be an opportunity for students to get a variety of experiences in different areas. Job-shadowing, networking, and local excursions will be key components of the "Friday Experience." Excursions may include visits to Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the White House, and others. Students will also have opportunities to meet with congressional and agency staff, interest group representatives and Wake Forest alumni working in D.C..
Selection Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full or the program application deadline is reached.  We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible.  

Most successful applicants will have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a strong application. If your GPA is lower than 3.0, you are still encouraged to apply and to discuss your application with the Resident Professor. The admissions committee considers a number of factors in addition to your cumulative GPA. Student selection will be based on an online application with open-ended questions, an interview with the Resident Professor, and resume.  Students should schedule their interveiw with the Resident Professor after completing the other application steps.   
Costs Current Wake Forest tuition and room fees, which covers tuition and academic fees, fully furnished housing, orientation, airport pick-up, Internet access, group activities and excursions, and farewell dinner.  Meals, airfare, personal travel and expenses not included.  
Scholarships Federal and institutional financial aid may be used.
Contact Dr. Katy Harriger
Director of Wake Washington
Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Office: Kirby Hall 311
Phone: (336) 758 5450
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