Information For

Cal State DC Program

Fall 2013

Program Requirements

The Cal State DC program is open to all CSU Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students in good standing. Financial aid is available on a competitive basis to CSU Fullerton students through our program. The minimum GPA to be considered for financial assistance through our program is 3.0. Normally a 3.0 GPA is required for admission to the program. However, students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply if they also have strong references and relevant experiences and activities.

Registration Deadline

Spring Program: Applications for Spring 2015 are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  If students want to be considered for financial assistance, they must apply by September 22, 2014.

Important Reminder

This application is only for the CSUF Cal State DC Internship Program. By completing this application, students are eligible for inclusion in our program and will be considered for financial aid through our fellowship program. This application is NOT for an internship.

Students must:
(1) Secure a DC Internship
(2) Register for the appropriate courses 

For assistance in obtaining an internship contact the program at lmelena@csusm.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by the program director. Files are evaluated based on GPA, letters of recommendation, writing ability, and extra-curricular activities. Acceptance into the program will be determined on a rolling basis and decisions about financial assistance will be announced in November for spring semester and April for summer session.

Program Costs

Program costs can vary based upon personal preferences. The primary costs include tuition, room and board, and transportation to and from DC. Housing for a full semester is approximately $4000 and for the summer is approximately $3000. Tuition is the exact same as if you were taking the classes on the home CSU Fullerton campus. Airfare runs approximately $450 for a round trip ticket. Similar programs often charge thousands of dollars more. Students should contact us at lmelena@csusm.edu for exact information about costs and about available financial assistance. Although financial assistance is available, interested students are encouraged to prepare and save for such a program and treat it as an investment in their futures. You can also use your available financial aid towards the program.

Background

Since 2006, the Cal State DC program has offered students opportunities to spend a summer studying about and working in the world of politics in our nation's capital. Through our program students enroll in full-time academic units while interning in Washington. Internships can be with congressional offices, executive agencies, political parties, advocacy groups, non-profits, and a variety of other offices in and around Washington, D.C. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all majors and CSU campuses are encouraged to apply. Internships in the past have included The United States Department of Agriculture, California Senator Feinstein's Office, The National Coalition for the Homeless, and Congressman Ed Royce's Office and other offices across a diverse array of interests and ideologies.