The Washington, DC location of the Elliott School of International Affairs allows us to form strong relationships with public, private, and non-profit organizations that offer a variety of internship opportunities. These positions are an invaluable way for our undergraduate students to gain professional experience to complement the strong academic fundamentals they learn in the classroom. To help plan for and find an internship, Elliott School students are encouraged to work with the Center for Career Services and to utilize GWork, a database of internship and job opportunities available exclusively to GW students and alumni.

Although students may undertake internships on their own and need not link the experience to a “registration status,” the internship program provides Elliott School undergraduates an opportunity to earn academic credit for an internship (IAFF 3195 - For Credit), or to have an internship recognized on their academic transcript (IAFF 3195 - Zero Credit).

Students doing internships are also encouraged to consider UNIV 2001 Elective Internship through the Center for Career Services in lieu of IAFF 3195. Depending on your circumstances, UNIV 2001 Elective Internship may be a better option.

Credit option

In addition to completing the internship, students must complete an academic research paper on a subject relevant to the internship and contemporary international affairs. Students can earn between one and three credits for their research paper, depending on the length of the paper.
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Zero-credit option

This option allows students to document an internship on their academic transcript. No extra work is required and no credit is awarded.
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  • Elliott school undergraduate
  • 24 semester hours completed in residence at GW
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • No more than one incomplete on transcript

Information sessions

Students planning to pursue an internship for credit are required to review and complete an online information session. Upon completion, students will be asked to acknowledge acceptance of the terms and guidelines of the internship for credit program. Review of this presentation is considered part of the internship for credit application, and must be complete before an application will be reviewed.
» Online Information Session

Application Deadlines

  • Summer 2017: Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
  • Fall 2017: Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
  • Spring 2018: Friday, January 26, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Internship Coordinator

Paul Wagner
Phone: 202.994.3002


Contact Undergraduate Academic Advising

Undergraduate Academic Advising
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-3002
Fax: 202-994-9537

Office Hours

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (during the fall & spring semesters) 
UNDERGRADUATE Express Advising: Monday - Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
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