Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington

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Applications for the program are available online at The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, November 16th at 11:59 p.m. Only full application packets will be considered. The requirements include the following:

  1. Online application submission
  2. Resume
  3. Academic transcript (minimum GPA of 3.0)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Writing sample
  6. $50 application fee



What is VIEW?

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.  VIEW 2015 will be held from June 6 through August 1.  The program fee, which covers housing, programming, transportation in DC, etc. is $4,850.

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.

Beyond An Internship

“VIEW made my time in Washington run seamlessly… from coordinating an internship placement, providing housing, introducing me to other Vanderbilt students… it was the ideal internship experience.” —Tom Rosen, VIEW ’08


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.


The VIEW cohort will meet every other week in the spring semester as they participate in a 1 hour credit seminar to fully prepare them for their internship. Through this seminar, students will gain insight into the political and non-profit landscape of Washington, D.C.  In addition, in partnership with the Center for Student Professional Development, the cohort will delve into professional preparation, including resume and cover letter development, interview skills, and capitalizing on strategic internships.


Each VIEW participant is matched with a Vanderbilt alumnus 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:

  • Academic seminars and insider tours of key agencies in Washington, like CNN and the Pentagon
  • Weekly social events and group dinners—Washington Nationals Game & Kayaking on the Potomac
  • Networking opportunities with the Vanderbilt Alumni Association—including Capitol Hill staffers and other professionals working in Washington
  • Service projects and awareness of issues in the local community
  • Career fairs, local conferences, and special symposia open to all interns.
  • Local festivals, historic sites, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Internship Possibilities

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 Newseum
Arts Smithsonian Institute
Arts Phillip’s Collection
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 No Labels
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 CNN
Media Education Week
Media NPR – WAMU 88.5FM
Media Washington Times
Social EarthRights International
Social American Red Cross
Social Children’s Defense Fund
Social Make A Wish Foundation
Social Conservation International
Social Family Health International
Social LIFT
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


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