Nonprofits & Advocacy

For students that are passionate about a cause, D.C. offers countless internships with nonprofits and advocacy organizations. Previous Washington Program students have interned at:

  • A Wider Circle

  • Ad Council

  • Africa Action

  • American Action Forum

  • American Bar Association, Commission on Immigration

  • American Federation of Teachers

  • Children’s Defense Fund – Child Health Internship

  • City Blossoms

  • Environmental Law Institute

  • Financial Services Forum

  • Humane Society of the United States

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation


  • National Coalition for the Homeless

  • National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

  • National College Athletic Association

  • National Partnership for Women and Families

  • National Right to Life Committee

  • Save America’s Forests

  • The Lab School of Washington

  • Transportation for America

  • Trust for the National Mall

  • U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Program

  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • Wilderness Society


Ana Olavarieta, Fall 2018

American Bar Association, Commission on Immigration

Ana Olavarietta
Ana Olavarietta, Class of 2020

"I was part of the Detainee Hotline team....I took calls on that hotline,...provided legal documents and supporting evidence for asylum petitions, [and] filed complaints on detention center conditions....Being in DC during such an important time for immigration policy and politics highlighted the urgency and importance of our work. It was incredibly inspiring."


Rayyan Maqbool, Fall 2018

City Blossoms

"My internship in DC increased my interest in social justice and community building. I helped raise money for my organization...[and] aided in product development. After working at City Blossoms, I have a renewed conviction in the agency of community building projects, and I hope to create my own initiative one day as I pursue a career in the nonprofit sector."


Lexie Van Den Heuval, Spring 2019

American Action Forum

As an intern Lexie assisted the American Action Forum in writing three congressional briefs on increased firm exit and the tipped wage changes under the Raise the Wage Act. She also analyzed the effectiveness of appropriations for policy action at the state level on Opioid abuse and contributed policy and economic analysis articles for