The Brown in Washington internship is a central feature of UNIV 1800, the practicum course. Together, the course and the internship are designed to provide students with a hands-on learning experience to complement their academic study at Brown. The 20-25-hour/week internship with an agency in the public or nonprofit sector is intended to connect policy and practice while building students’ strengths towards post-Brown career objectives. In weekly seminar classes, students reflect on their internship experiences and how they relate to their academic and post-Brown life. The course grounds student experiences within the context of Washington D.C. and provides opportunities for students to share insights from their placements.
Potential internship sites include government or public sector agencies (e.g., federal agencies, Congressional offices, state or municipal executive or legislative offices); nonprofit organizations; public health; museum history, culture, and art; and other organizations with a policy-oriented mission and the ability to support meaningful internship placements for college students. Please check back soon for the Fall 2023 internship placement options.
During their internship, students will:
- Explore career options and gain practical experience;
- 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 résumé 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 Fellowship, students will work with Brown in Washington and CareerLAB staff to understand program structure, identify suitable internship sites, and connect with alumni or other contacts who might be able to provide relevant advice. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for and secure an internship of their own choosing that meets the program’s criteria. Staff provide guidance and support, link students with host institutions through alumni and CareerLAB networks, and collaborate with students and hosts to finalize the necessary application, paperwork, and internship agreement.
Once a student's internship placement is finalized, staff will work with each student's supervisor to ensure that the practicum goals are clearly articulated and a direct line of communication is established between the placement and the Brown in Washington program.