How the Lander in Washington & WISH Programs Work

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To apply, students should have at least a 3.0 GPA and a letter of recommendation from their adviser. The Lander in Washington program coordinator will work with students to select a WISH internship that is relevant to their educational or career interests and goals.

Possibilities include internships with:

  • Democratic and Republican National Conventions
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • The Kennedy Center
  • National Zoological Park
  • D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • The United Nations
  • The Supreme Court of the United States
  • The Smithsonian
  • The White House
  • The Washington Post
  • National Public Radio
  • C-SPAN

Students in the Lander in Washington program receive 12-15 hours of credit to remain at full-time status. Participants earn six hours of internship credit, plus an additional three hours of elective credit relative to both the major and the internship. Another three to six hours of credit can be earned through directed independent study or online courses. Throughout the semester, WISH staff monitor students’ daily progress and can serve as liaisons with site supervisors to ensure that participants are on track for a successful internship.

An evaluation is completed with the supervisor at the completion of the semester and shared with the student’s designated Lander in Washington adviser.

What does it cost to participate?
Participants in the Lander in Washington program pay a housing and internship fee that is roughly the same as tuition and roomand-board for one semester at Lander University. Financial aid and scholarships apply to the program, just as they would a normal semester at Lander.