20 DC Internships For Students Who Hate Politics

Washington, DC can sound like an exciting place to go for an internship considering all of the activity that goes on there. But if you're not interested in politics, you're out of luck, right? Wrong! There are plenty of internship opportunities in Washington for students of all interests.

By Jessica Lyons

1. Institute of Political Journalism

If you're interested in journalism, albeit with a political connection, you can get hands-on experience through an Institute of Political Journalism internship. These internships are for undergraduate students interested in broadcast or print journalism, politics or public relations. During their internship students take courses that cover ethics, leadership and economics. They also get to attend media briefings held by The State Department and World Bank, among others.

2. The Smithsonian

If you are interested in museums, the Smithsonian could be the perfect match. They have a variety of internship opportunities available, including ones specifically for minority or Native American students. Other openings are the James E. Webb Internships for Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration and the Katzenberger Art History Internship Program.

3. FashProof Media

Are you a fashion junkie who wants to get experience in Washington, DC? Then you might be interested in FashProof Media's fashion media internship. While you'll have to do some less than exciting tasks like responding to e-mails, you'll also get to help with the company's fall launch event and might even get to attend some fashion events.

4. The Human Rights Campaign

A non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for equal rights for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual individuals, the Human Rights Campaign takes on a consumer marketing intern. In this role, you'll get to learn about merchandise outreach. Your responsibilities include data entry, maintaining files, research, responding to information requests and compiling press packets.

5. Greater Washington Sports Alliance

For the sports enthusiasts, there are also opportunities to be found in DC. Students who intern with the Greater Washington Sports Alliance can work in a variety of areas, including bid research and development, marketing, communications, events, community outreach, client services and donor relations.

6. Monumental Sports and Entertainment

In this sports internship you might work with community or professional basketball events and teams. Students work in one of several departments, including communications, customer service, event marketing, event public relations, event booking and promotions, sales, marketing and game operations, community relations and sponsorship.

7. Kennedy Center

If your aspirations involve working in the performing arts as a manager, you should check out the Kennedy Center's arts management internship program. At the beginning of your time there, you'll create a list of your learning objectives. You'll also maintain a portfolio of your work throughout the internship.

8. The Phillips Collection

For students interested in art, The Phillips Collection could provide the ideal internship experience, whether they're undergraduate or graduate students. Internships are available in the areas of curatorial, digital media, human resources, marketing and music department research.

9. Legal Momentum

This organization is a legal defense and education fund that focuses specifically on aiding women and girls. They accept interns who are law students, non-legal graduate students or undergraduates. You might work in areas like public policy or immigrant women's programs.

10. American Association for the Advancement of Science

Do you like writing and science? Then you might want to pursue AAAS's science newswriting internship, which is for college seniors or those who have already completed their undergraduate studies. You'll get hands-on experience writing for their Science Magazine as well as for their online service.

11. Teaching for Change

Aspiring teachers might enjoy interning with the non-profit organization Teaching for Change. Some opportunities are available updating a website that is a tool for teaching the Civil Rights Movement, promoting and documenting the importance of the Zinn Education Project and doing marketing and outreach to schools.

12. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children? Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area provides you the opportunity to do so through its youth haven retreat internship. You'll mentor youth living with HIV/AIDS, along with assisting with recruiting, donations and events.

13. Environmental Protection Agency

Students who plan on seeking careers helping the planet can get valuable experience by interning with the Environmental Protection Agency. It offers over 12 internship/fellowship programs. You could work with an EPA office or in one of its labs.

14. The Embassy of Afghanistan

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC takes on interns to help in many different areas of its operation. Depending on your interests, you might be able to gain experience in areas like commercial and trade, legislative affairs, political affairs, social institutions, media relations or information technology.

15. SmithGroup JJR

Design firm SmithGroup JRR has internships available that give students the opportunity to learn about architecture, engineering and sustainability. You'll have the chance to work on projects and collaborate with a variety of different people, including colleagues and even clients.

16. Downey McGrath Group, Inc.

If you're interested in learning the inner workings of government affairs, you might want to pursue an internship with Downey McGrath Group, Inc., a consulting firm in the area of government affairs. They look for students who have good communication skills, are responsible, can prioritize their work and are creative.

17. ABC News

Students who want to get some experience in the television area can take advantage of a couple different Washington, DC-based internship opportunities available through ABC News. The media outlet's show Nightline is hosted by Terry Moran in Washington, DC and it also has a bureau there for ABC News Radio.

18. Senior Fitness Association

Through a Senior Fitness Association internship program you can get first-hand knowledge about working with a mature population. Your tasks will include personal training, holding orientations and evaluating and testing individuals. You'll also get to learn about operating a fitness center.

19. The Equal Rights Center

Are you passionate about advocating for civil rights? Then you might want to intern with The Equal Rights Center, which would give you the chance to learn about advocacy and civil rights issues. In addition to internships that focus on civil rights, the organization also offers opportunities in the field of public relations.

20. The Washington Post

Any journalist with a desire to work for a big publication will want to try to score an internship with The Washington Post. Positions are available for reporters, visual journalists and Web designers, among others. Depending on your position, you might get to edit copy, write stories, create page designs or take photographs.

Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to get an internship that includes monetary compensation. If not, you might want to consider, are unpaid internships fair?

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