Early in the semester before you hope to study in Washington—if not earlier—schedule a meeting with Career Services. Bring your cover letter and resume. The Career Services staff will offer advice on your application documents and help you make any necessary changes.
Please do not wait to be accepted into WHIP before researching and/or applying to internships. Some organizations, particularly agencies that require a security clearance, may have very early deadlines.
To apply, you will need a cover letter, resume, unofficial Hillsdale College transcript, and a short letter of recommendation from a Hillsdale College staff or faculty member.
Applications for Spring 2024 are due by October 6, 2023.
WHIP students are expected to take initiative in securing their own internships in Washington, D.C., with assistance from both Career Services and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. The more information that a WHIP applicant provides about their internship interests and career goals, the more our staff can be of assistance to you. Please be specific as you complete the following section. You may check as many of the interest boxes as you like.
Please attach the following documents:
Shortly after you submit your application, the Undergraduate Program Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. Please watch for an e-mail regarding the scheduling of this interview.
Within a few weeks of your interview, selection for the upcoming WHIP semester will be communicated. If you are selected to participate, the Undergraduate Program Coordinator will send information about confirming your enrollment and registering for classes during the semester in DC. Later in the semester, there will be a short—but mandatory—on-campus orientation.