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Internships: Just the Facts

Program Purpose & Parameters

The Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program is designed to give the rising generation an experience in a public policy organization fighting for the preservation of Biblical values. We hope to equip those just starting out in life with a rich, real-life work experience alongside Christian experts who have made careers putting their faith into public policy work.

Interns are expected to abide by the corporate policies and standards of Concerned Women for America, including dress, business hours, and conduct.

Acceptance to the Program

Acceptance to the Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of our application, a schedule compatible with CWA office hours and needs, qualification within the program parameters, and final selection by our committee. We accept four interns for the summer, fall and spring sessions.

The Real World

You'll develop your "real work" experience through professional hands-on projects that utilize your skills and interests. We accept interns from any field of study to work in any of these six areas:

Media & Communications
Legislation & Public Policy
Field Department (Chapter and grassroots development)
Beverly LaHaye Institute (Research and writing)
Web and Online Communications
Development & Donor Relations

Fall & Spring Internships

The fall session runs from September-December.
Application Deadline: July 15

The spring session runs from January-April.
Application deadline: November 29.

The summer session runs from late May – early August.
Application deadline is April 1.

Majors & Ages Accepted

We accept interns from any field of study. We also welcome post-graduate interns up to age 26, but the program is not open to pre-college students. Students over age 26 are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Credit

The Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program is not an independently accredited program, but students may receive credit from their home institution depending upon their school's policies. CWA is happy to work with your registrar's office to provide information about our program.

Honorarium & Living Expenses

This is an unpaid internship. However, CWA does provide a stipend of $150.00 per week ($30.00 per day of work). Interns are responsible for their own living expenses.

Housing

CWA can recommend several resources in and around the city. We are also available to assist interns in finding affordable housing once they are accepted to the program. However, CWA does not provide housing.

It is wise to look into your options early in order to be prepared for living costs and housing application deadlines. We recommend exploring your options at the time of application or soon thereafter.

Click here for a comprehensive list of housing resources.

Transportation

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (www.wmata.com) provides a convenient network of bus and subway transportation in the D.C.-metro area that also connects riders with independent bus services in the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Some Metro stations have parking to making commuting from outside the city easy.

Parking garages located near our office charge $9-15/day. An alternative to Metro is to join an existing car pool in your area.

Office Location

CWA's national headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., only a few blocks north of the White House. The cross streets are 15th and K Streets, NW. The closest Metro stop, McPherson Square, is located one block from the office. Our address is 1015 15th St., NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Dress Code

CWA is a professional office, and we require staff and interns to dress appropriately and professionally. For women, dresses, suits, skirt and blouse, or business/dress pants may be worn with sweater sets or with a coordinating jacket Monday through Thursday. Open-toed shoes with a heel strap are appropriate (No flip-flops or sandals, please!). For men, dress shirt and slacks, or suits/sport coat and slacks, should be worn Monday through Thursday. However, men should always have a coat and tie available to them in case of unexpected appointments or media appearances.

The office allows business casual attire on Fridays. For women, this means business casual wear, pants (including dressy dark-wash denim jeans), blouses or other appropriate tops, and Capri or cropped pants (below knee and above ankle). For men, business casual wear, dressy dark-wash denim jeans and short-sleeved dress/sport shirts (no polo shirts) are permitted.

Weather

Winter: Highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s
Spring: Highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s
Summer: Highs in the 90s, lows in the 60s
Fall: Highs in the 60's, lows in the 40s

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