Professional placements

Below is a list of some of the professional placements that are offered in Washington DC. Students will intern four days a week, Monday through to Thursday for the duration of the program.

Though the skill set for each internship will vary, the same core requirements will hold for all: professionalism, integrity, strong oral and written communication, research skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

As part of the application process, please identify which area(s) you would like to work in. If you are called in for an interview, the intership coordinator will disscuss further options with you.

To hear more from our past interns, please head to our student testimonials page.

Jenny Chen
"Working on Capitol Hill was one of the best experiences of my life. There was never a dull moment and just being in a congressional office I learnt so much about American politics. The staffers I worked with were down-to-earth and inspirational and I made some lifelong friends." Jenny Chen

Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Foundation will host up to two interns to work in its Washington office to staff its program series of lectures, roundtables and conferences with policy makers from the region.

Capitol Hill

There are number of placements available with members of Congress and Senators. These include Congressman Jim Costa (D) Congressman Mike Bost (R), Senator James Inhofe (R) and Senator Tim Scott (R). Students interning on the Hill will do a range of duties from responding to calls from constituents, giving Capitol tours, research for staff, and working on special projects.

East-West Center

The East-West Center established by the US Congress in 1960, works to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. It will host up to two interns to support the mission of its Washington office - to prepare the US for an era of growing Asia-Pacific prominence.

International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council, a non-profit membership organisation dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively, will host up to three interns to work on their disaster recovery and sustainability programs of research and policy implementation.


PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 18 independent, local Centers around the world that comprise the Partners Network.

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals company. Our focus is on finding, mining and processing the Earth's mineral resources in order to maximise value for our shareholders. We have the people, capabilities and resources to supply a world hungry for metals and minerals. Construction, communication, recreation, transport, healthcare and renewable energy: all these industries, and many more, rely on the products we supply.

New-Rule LLC

New-Rule is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) headquartered in Washington, DC. New-Rule Senior Advisors specialize in the provision of a full range of rule of law, human rights, anti-corruption, security sector democracy and governance technical services across the globe. New-Rule is currently implementing donor-funded projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a unique forum where the governments of 35 market democracies work together to address the economic, social and governance challenges of the globalizing world economy, as well as to exploit its opportunities. The OECD Center in Washington D.C. aims to increase the impact and influence of the Organization in the international public policy debate by promoting the work of the OECD with targeted public affairs, media and publishing activities in the United States and Canada.