I think VIEW was one of two pivotal opportunities in my Vanderbilt experience. It was an opportunity which provided me great mentors and connections that have guided me since then to other internships, recommendations for graduate school, career advice, and general goodwill. -Corey Ponder, VIEW ‘06
The Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington (VIEW) provides students with 8-week public service internships with leading agencies and congressional offices in our nation’s capital. Many students and potential employers regard a summer internship in Washington as a highly valued learning and work experience. VIEW facilitates placement of students in competitive internships in government, media, public policy, social justice, education, science, environmental policy, the arts, and various other nonprofits. Many VIEW alums have secured future internships and jobs as a result of their VIEW internship.
VIEW is especially unique in that it bridges public service internship opportunities with residential experiences to foster a unique combination of reflective living and creative learning in DC at a cost comparable to that of on-campus summer experiences. VIEW encourages the development of the individual within a small community of peers and an on-site director, aimed at navigating the DC culture and local issues alongside exposure to the national agenda. A Vanderbilt spring credit course helps prepare students for this opportunity through career readiness training, writing development, discussions on current politics, organizational structure, and the dynamism of service and active citizenship. Supplementary programming, group events and activities, and engagement with a vast Vanderbilt Alumni network round out the summer experience.
Encompassing much more than just your typical 9-5 internship, unique VIEW features include a cohort model for peer support, programming opportunities to explore the nation’s capital and its extensive network; discussions with leaders in the fields of media, government, business and nonprofit sectors; group reflection & peer-learning; service in the community; tours of CNN, the Pentagon, the White House, and U.S. Capitol; fun outings local festivals, group dinners, and a living-learning community in some of the nicest apartments in the DC area.
Each VIEW participant is matched with a Vanderbilt alum living in DC, who aligns with the student’s personal and professional goals and interests. The pair will meet often during the VIEW program, with one-on-one interaction and support, attending various outings and events together. This is a premiere networking opportunity, offering exposure to a vast network of VU alumni living in DC and working in the fields students are want to enter post-graduation. Through mentorship, students are able to make connections, learn about different career paths, and continue the valuable mentor/mentee relationship beyond the program.
VIEW bridges public service internship opportunities with residential experiences to foster a unique combination of reflective living and creative learning in DC at a cost comparable to that of on-campus summer experiences. VIEW encourages the development of the individual within a community comprised of a small group of 20-24 peers and an on-site director, aimed at navigating the DC culture and local issues alongside exposure to the national agenda. The built-in community allows students to hit the ground running at work, have zero-worries about their living arrangements, and always have a Vanderbilt friend to explore the city with in their free time. Group dinners and other outings together make discovering the city a fresh and exciting opportunity, unlike any other work experience you’ll find over the summer in DC.
VIEW also coordinates exciting programs exclusively for VIEW interns including many group social events, behind-the-scenes seminars with top DC industries (i.e. CNN, The Pentagon, Capitol Hill), and service projects in the city as well. Students also get an unlimited Metro pass every week!
Past Supplementary Programming Included:
VIEW was the ideal way to both engage and shadow a profession in which I had serious interest. The experience gave me a fantastic advantage into deciding what part of media production I wanted to pursue. It allowed me a window into a very competitive field while simultaneously giving me the support system in which to thrive. - Adelaide Schwartz, VIEW ’07
Throughout its 10-year history, VIEW has successfully placed participants in full-time summer internship spots with a wide array of focus areas. Past internships have included:
|Arts||NASA – Historical Department|
|Arts||Society for the Arts in Health Care|
|Arts||United States Capitol Historical Society|
|Edu||American Association of University Women – AAUW|
|Edu||Association of American Universities|
|Edu||Data Quality Campaign|
|Edu||Institute for International Education|
|Edu||St. Albans School of Public Service|
|Edu||Urban Education Leaders Internship Program|
|Edu||Vanderbilt Office of Federal Relations|
|Govt||Embassy of Afghanistan|
|Govt||Embassy of Pakistan|
|Govt||Cassidy & Associates – Lobbying Firm|
|Govt||Council for Excellence in Government|
|Govt||Center for National Policy|
|Govt||Council on Hemispheric Affairs|
|Govt||Democratic National Committee (DNC)|
|Govt||Embassy of Greece|
|Govt||Embassy of Kuwait|
|Govt||Embassy of Morocco|
|Govt||Livingston Group – International Office|
|Govt||National Republican Congressional Committee|
|Govt||National Science Foundation|
|Govt||Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA)|
|Govt||Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN)|
|Govt||Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)|
|Govt||Representative Kinzinger – R, IL|
|Govt||Representative Nancy Boyda (D-KS)|
|Govt||Representative Phil Hare (D-IL)|
|Govt||Representative Ric Keller (R-FL)|
|Govt||Representative Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)|
|Govt||Representative Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)|
|Govt||Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)|
|Govt||Republican National Committee (RNC)|
|Govt||Senator Bill Frist (R-TN)|
|Govt||Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)|
|Govt||Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)|
|Law||NAACP – Legal Defense Fund|
|Law||RFK Center for Human Rights|
|Law||Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP|
|Law||Stein, Mitchelle, & Muse, LLP|
|Media||NPR – WAMU 88.5FM|
|Social||American Red Cross|
|Social||Children’s Defense Fund|
|Social||Make A Wish Foundation|
|Social||Family Health International|
|Social||National Coalition for the Homeless|
|Social||No Limits Foundation|
|Social||Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)|
|Social||Pew Center on Global Climate Change|
|Social||Philanthropy Round Table|
|Social||The Global Fund for Children|
|Social||World Service Authority|
In partnership with the Center for Student Professional Development, OACS Internship Opportunities will delve into professional preparation, including CV development, interview skills, and capitalizing on strategic internships. For more information about the Center for Student Professional Development, visit their website at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/career/.
*2013 Applications will be available online beginning Wednesday, September 4th.*
For questions regarding the Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.