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Spring & Summer 2016 Interhships

Summer 2016 Institute on Political Journalism


Are you still deciding what to do this summer? Want to take a big step in your journalism or public relations career? There are numerous quality internships still available. It’s not too late to spend 8 weeks in Washington, DC completing an internship, earning credit, and expanding your professional network.

The Presidential campaign of 2016 makes this summer a particularly exciting time for students to come to Washington, DC.


Unlike many other Washington, DC internship programs, we guarantee you an internship placement with one of the following types of organizations:

·         Print or broadcast media outlet
·         News service
·         Internet publication
·         Public relations firm
·         Capitol Hill press office
·         Advocacy organization

Our staff works to place you with an organization that fits your skills and career goals. You’ll gain real-world experience that will set you apart when it’s time to find your first job after graduation. Click here for a list of sample internship sites.


Live in the heart of Washington, DC on George Washington University’s campus, just steps from the White House and Department of State. Roommate matching with other program participants is included. Click here to learn more about housing accommodations and the neighborhood.


Maximize your summer by also taking courses between 3 and 9 credits from George Mason University. Take courses designed for journalism and communication majors and choose from a variety of engaging electives. Learn from Professor Richard Benedetto, founding White House and Campaign Reporter for USA TODAY. His internship seminar will give you an insider’s view of political reporting. You’ll also hear from Pulitzer Prize winning guest speakers. Click here to read more about the courses.


We award over $1 million in scholarship funding each year, and there are generous scholarships still available. Students receive awards based on financial need and merit and which typically to range from $1,000 -$4,500. 


Students are encouraged to visit for more information and to begin an online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the April 6 extended deadline. Students will be notified of their admission decision within two weeks of completing an application. Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.


Kathleen Matthews Campaign Internship

Do you want to be part of the grassroots effort to change America, but you’re not sure how to get involved? Come intern for the Kathleen Matthews Campaign! We are seeking passionate and energetic applicants who want to learn how campaigns work, how to run them, and help elect the next Representative of Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

There is only a small time requirement to be considered an intern with our campaign, and your schedule is set by you.  Being part of the campaign team is like gaining another family, and our struggles and triumphs are shared collectively.  Come Election Day, you'll walk out with a ton of new friends, professional networks, and a full understanding of how to run your own local grassroots field program.

In addition, we are ofering a fellowship for those who are looking to take their involvement in the campaign to the next level.  As such, there is a greater time commitment required than interns, but fellows will be privy to our Field Organizer Training Program.  The goal of this once a week seminar is for fellows to leave the Matthews campaign ready to work on, and eventually run, their own campaigns in the future.

The Matthews Campaign internship and fellowship programs re designed to be an enriching educational experience where participants will engage in daly field activities, learn from and have access to seasoned campaign staff, and hear from a variety of political guest speakers.

To apply to be an intern or fellow, apply online at and send your resume to  No experience necessary to apply for this position, there is no age requirement, and you do not have to live in the district.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!


SpeakerBox Communications

SpeakerBox Communications (, a high-impact technology public relations agency, is seeking a detail-oriented, enthusiastic, reliable, creative and efficient intern for our Intern Program in our Tysons Corner office.

The SpeakerBox intern program provides students with valuable hands-on experience in public relations. Interns also participate in company activities, including training sessions. SpeakerBox interns are assigned to account teams where they assist with day-to-day public relations and work on a variety of projects over the course of the semester.

Typical intern responsibilities include:

  • Media monitoring for client coverage and industry trends
  • Complete various projects assigned by team; assignments that will focus on developing communication, research and writing skills
  • Editorial calendar maintenance and research
  • Work with account teams to research and draft editorial pitches
  • Assist in coordination of team meetings/attend internal team meetings
  • Attend editorial calls, internal account meetings, client meetings as a silent listener, and briefings with editors as a silent listener

Qualifications/Skills: The intern program is open to college juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in public relations. The ideal candidate will be a hard worker, will have an ability to multitask, will be enthusiastic, eager to learn and resourceful. Excellent writing skills required. Interns need to know how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and must be Internet savvy as much of the work is research oriented.

For consideration, please respond electronically by submitting your cover letter and resume to:

Jessica Lindberg
SpeakerBox Communications


Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.
College and graduate students interested in an arts management career are encouraged to apply for a Spring 2016 Internship at Strathmore for the period of January through May 2016. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose. 


We have openings for internships in Programming, Historical Tours, Visual Arts, Marketing/Communications, Facilities/Operations, and Rentals/Event Planning.


For more information to to


Internship and Extended Internship Information


We, in the Mass Communication Program, believe that real-world, professional experience is a vital asset to any Mass Communication student's resume. That's why we strongly suggest all our majors participate in an internship/extended internship. Before we continue, it's important for you to know that there is NO practical difference between an internship/extended internship. The difference is only in the number of hours of credit students would receive.

  MCOM Class Credit Hours Hours Worked
Internship MCOM 494 1, 2 or 3 40, 80, or 120 Only internship option available
for Intersession.  Concurrent
enrollment in MCOM 492 is NOT



MCOM 495

MCOM 495

MCOM 495

MCOM 495










Concurrent enrollment in MCOM
492 required (see below)


MCOM 492


These credits hours are earned
from the work you must complete
for the MCOM department (i.e.,
timesheets, paper, evaluation,
weekly journal, etc.)


*This option available during spring or fall semester ONLY

Whether you wish to undertake an internship or an extended internship, you first need to find a place to work. For a list of businesses and organizations that have hosted MCOM internship students in the past, please click HERE.(PDF)

Now for the paperwork. Here are the forms you will need, 1) the Internship/Extended Internship Information packet which will answer all your questions AND 2) the Contract/Host Site Agreement which must be completed BEFORE you can be registered for your internship.  Please read BOTH documents completely.  Only the MCOM Chair or Administrative Assistant can register students for internship/extended internship and this can only be completed once signed contracts are received.



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If you would like additional information about the Mass Communication internship/extended internship program, please contact us.