Summer of Service: DC Internship Opportunity!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:00 AM - Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:00 AM

On the hunt for an internship this summer? Interested in Community Leadership and Engagement? Want a hands-on learning experience in Washington DC? 

The early application deadline is December 6 for the Summer 2017 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, DC!

Apply today!!


June 3 – July 28, 2017

December 6 – Early Deadline for Summer 2017 (5% tuition discount) 

** Internships Placement – Courses for Credit – Furnished Housing – Community Leadership Projects**

** Scholarships Available**

Spend 8 weeks taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation’s capital with the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS)!  Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college. IPVS will put you on the front lines helping to solve local, national and international problems. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes: 

  • An internship placement with some of the nation’s top nonprofits
  • Courses for academic credit provided through George Mason University
  • Furnished housing located close to Metro rail stations, monuments and museums in Washington
  • Leadership activities including charitable grant awards and hands-on community projects 
  • Professional development opportunities including networking events, exclusive behind the scenes briefings, guest speakers and a mentor program
  • Workshops on social entrepreneurship, legal issues and much more


We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for almost 50 years and provide internship placements for all participants. Your options are endless – we work with over 100 different nonprofit organizations working to solve problems in numerous different issue areas including:

  • Education/Literacy
  • Environment
  • International Development
  • Mental Illness
  • Women’s Issues
  • Elderly
  • Youth
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger

Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site. 


Below you’ll find just a sampling of our past internship sites:

  • American Institute for Cancer Research
  • American Red Cross
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • Living Classrooms
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Mentors, Inc.
  • Shared Hope International
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Women’s National History Museum
  • World Learning


Colin McKone, a junior from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, participated in the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service last summer and interned with Thrive DC.  He excelled in his internship experience, helping to create a motivational program working to prevent and end homelessness. This is just one of the exciting internship placements offered through the program which you can read more about here.

APPLY TODAY – 5% Discount

Applicants to IPVS are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 6, 2016 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.


We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.

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