Summer of Civic Engagement in DC – Students will Intern, Network + Earn Credit

The early deadline for The Fund for American Studies Summer 2020 D.C. Academic Internship Program is coming up on December 10. We’ve also included information about the Service + Citizenship Academy for students interested in civic engagement and nonprofit work.

We are awarding more than 40 full tuition + housing scholarships to help the best and brightest students attend this summer’s program. Please nominate outstanding students for special scholarship consideration.

Program components include:

  • Course credit from George Mason University
  • Placement in an engaging internship
  • Furnished on-campus housing
  • Professional development and networking activities

We hope that you’ll share information about our programs with your students interested in spending a summer in the nation’s capital. Please share this email or visit our faculty and advisor resource page to find:

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  • An online form to request mailed copies of brochures and/or posters

Thank you for your time and support! Questions can be directed to 202.986.0384 or


in Washington, DC

TFAS Academic Internship Programs

June 6 – July 31, 2020


December 10: Early Deadline

Full Tuition + Housing Scholarships Available! 

Earn 3-9 Course Credits through George Mason University 

Explore the Social Sector in Washington, DC this Summer

The Service + Citizenship Academy is a supplemental program designed to complement your nonprofit internship experience as a participant in one of the summer TFAS program tracks.  Learn how you can make a local and global impact through a social sector career, volunteerism and community leadership.

As part of the cohort, you’ll:

  • Attend lectures about the intersection of issues charities are trying to solve and the public policy process.
  • Impact the Washington, DC community firsthand by participating in local service projects.
  • Expand your network through site-briefings and panels with nonprofit leaders and scholars.

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What Our Alumni Are Saying

“Programs like this one demonstrate the significance of local community involvement, and that we each play an integral role in the health of the community.”
Thomas Johnston, Lenoir-Rhyne University 
Intern, American Council of Trustees & Alumni

Read More Alumni Testimonials >>

Let’s Talk Internships

Check out a sampling of our nonprofit internship sites:


  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • American Council of Trustees and Alumni
  • Association of Diplomatic Studies & Training
  • Ethiopian Community Development Council
  • Family Online Safety Institute
  • Food & Friends
  • Institute for Sustainable Development
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • National Down Syndrome Society
  • Partnership for Transparency Fund
  • Rock Creek Conservancy
  • So Others Might Eat
  • United Mission for Relief and Development


Grow Your Professional Network

Through the TFAS program, you can practice networking skills, make valuable connections, and gain insider job-seeking tips.

You’ll leave Washington more prepared to enter the post-college world, with a better idea of what you want to do and contacts who can help you get your foot in the door.

Full + Partial Scholarships

We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit. 

At least 40 scholarships that cover tuition and housing expenses will be provided to summer applicants on a rolling basis beginning at the December 10 early application deadline.

Awardees are responsible for the $500 program fee, travel to Washington, food/personal expenses during the program.


Learn more about the application process.

Contact or 202.986.0384.