Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Washington, D.C. Program

Application due October 1st!

*Note that no decision has been made about whether or not DC will be in person or remote for spring 2021.  If we are remote, you can intern from anywhere and still have a professional DC experience and grow your job skills (plus you won’t have to think about the very high cost of housing in DC and you may have better luck finding a paid internship).

Loyola's semester in Washingtong D.C. program is open to all Loyola undergraduate students with at least a junior standing. Students will maintain full-time status and be placed in a variety of internships from government, nonprofit, and international offices and organizations. The program runs during the fall and spring semesters. All courses are taught by Loyola faculty. Students are housed in and take Loyola classes at the Washington Intern Student Housing.  

For more information, check out our frequently asked questions or contact the program director, Susan Dimock.

Benefits of the program

  • Gain valuable professional experience and earn course credit while serving four days a week as a student intern in a host office in Washington, D.C.
  • Enroll as a full-time student in classes taught by Loyola faculty.
  • Experience life for an entire semester in the unique setting that is our nation’s capital: Washington, D.C.

Loyola students have interned with:

  • Senators (Duckworth, Cantwell, Durbin, Baldwin) and Representatives (Quigley, Vargas, Davis)
  • Advocacy Organizations: National Women's Law Center, Public Citizen, Rock the Vote, Human Rights Campaign
  • Government Affairs Firms: Venn Strategies, Monument Advocacy
  • Nonprofits: Sound Off, Hope Now, Reading is Fundamental, Meridian International
  • Think Tanks: Brookings, Institute for the Study of War
  • Media Organizations: CSPAN
  • Industry Organizations: Go Rail, PhRMA
  • Government and the Courts: Commerce, State Department, Federal Judicial Center

Internship practicum 

Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
6 credits
Core Internship Seminar taught
by the program director,
Susan Dimock
Every Friday
10:00am - 3:00pm 
3 credits

Two additional courses

Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, or Thursday
7:00pm - 9:30pm
6 credits
 TOTAL 15 credits

Tuition (15 credits): Students pay the tuition listed for their LUC home college & entering year

Housing Fee (estimated): $4,540 (does not include food)

Program Fee: $1,000

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