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Internships FAQ

How does internship placement work?

In your application to the Bing Stanford in Washington Program you will outline your internship preferences. During the quarter before you come to Washington, you will meet on campus with the Director to discuss your upcoming internship placement. Once you have come to a consensus on the goals for your quarter in Washington, the Director and the Assistant Director will work with you on arranging an internship. This is a combined effort and you may be asked to provide us with writing samples, updated transcripts and resumes, and other information, in addition to being prepared for interviews throughout the process. We cannot guarantee any specific placement; however, we will work as hard as possible to find you the best possible internship given your interests.

Am I limited to the internship locations listed here?

No. The internship placement is specific to your interests. The internship locations listed on our site are merely a sample of places that Stanford students have interned in the past.  Once we discuss your goals for your time in Washington our staff works to place you in an internship that will meet your individual goals.  We expand our list of internship locations every quarter.

What will I be doing in my internship?

Nearly all interns are require to do some degree of administrative work – including answering phone, making copies, etc… However, BSIW Program interns are guaranteed to have some substantive aspect to their internship, such as:

  • Research projects
  • Writing letters to constituents and members of Congress
  • Attending briefings and hearings around town and reporting back to office staff
  • Drafting memos
  • And much more!

What does a full-time internship entail?

Full time internships average 35 to 40 hours per week, not including commuting time. Most interns work a traditional workweek: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM or 6 PM. Some organizations will require their interns to arrive earlier in the morning or stay later in the evening. This depends on the schedules of the key policymakers in your office and the nature of the work.