Capital Scholars Program
Earn course credit with your internship
Through the Capital Scholars Program, students experience Washington, D.C. as a summer intern and earn 6 upper division credits. Students work at organizations of interest to them — options include, but are not limited to, the White House, Congress, courts, government agencies, lobbying and consulting firms, advocacy groups, media outlets, museums, think tanks, and non-profit organizations.
Students gain valuable skills through the experience and network with alumni and professionals, visit government agencies and attend cultural events.
Students from any major with 2.5 ASU GPA, a 3.0 major GPA and 45 hours of completed coursework may apply. Transfer students should contact School of Politics and Global Studies Program Coordinator Kayla Stamey at Kayla.Stamey@asu.edu for exceptions.
Program fee and scholarships
The program fee includes ASU tuition and fees, housing, some group meals, business cards, and program excursions. Airfare, transportation, and daily meals are not included. Scholarships may be available for students with unmet financial need.
Students live at Turnkey Housing Solutions, Meridian at Gallery Place, conveniently located in Chinatown with a community of fellow Sun Devils in centrally located, furnished, suite style apartments.
Start your application today
- Visit the Study Abroad Office website.
- Select the Program Search tab and enter “Capital Scholars” under the Program Name box to bring up the Capital Scholars brochure. If the application is available, you will have the option to select Apply Now. If it isn’t, select save the program by filling out the interest form. You will then be alerted once the application is open.
- In addition to the application, you will need to upload an unofficial transcript, two academic or professional letters of recommendation, clear scans of your student ID and government issued ID.
- Once applications are reviewed, students will interview with a selection committee.
Applications are now open and must be turned in before December 15, 2023 at 11:59pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of this program?
The primary goal of this program is to help students develop leadership skills that will enable them to be successful in their career, active in the community, and involved in policymaking. By supplying the Washington, D.C. community with a reliable and consistent source of bright, hard-working interns, ASU and the state of Arizona benefit, too.
How do I apply?
Visit the Study Abroad Office website at https://studyabroad.asu.edu/. Select the Program Search tab and enter “Capital Scholars” under the Program Name box to bring up the Capital Scholars brochure. If the application is available, you will have the option to select Apply Now. If it isn’t, select Save to Favorites. You will then be alerted once the application is open. In addition to the application, you will need to upload an unofficial transcript and clear scans of your student ID and government issued ID. You will also need to supply two academic or professional letters of recommendation. These can be sent to Kayla Stamey at Kayla.Stamey@asu.edu. Once applications are reviewed, students will interview with a selection committee.
Am I responsible for finding my own internship?
Yes, in order for you to have an experience in Washington, D.C. that best fits your unique interests, background, and skills, we require that you secure your own internship. We have a number of resources and connections to organizations in D.C. which we will provide to help you through the process and ensure you find an internship that is a good fit. If you are interested in interning at the White House, State Department, or any other high security agency, please contact Dr. Gina Woodall at firstname.lastname@example.org about beginning the application process. These agencies have early deadlines!
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Generally speaking, Washington D.C. based internships are not paid. However, on occasion, students may receive a paid internship within the program.
What does the program fee include?
Please see the program fees section of this webpage or the application page for the most up to date program fee. The fee includes tuition, housing, and program related excursions. In addition to the non-refundable $50 application fee which will be applied toward the final program fee balance and a $200 refundable housing deposit.
What additional costs am I responsible for?
You are responsible for paying for your airfare, transportation costs, daily meals, personal expenses, health insurance, and non-program related optional excursions. Once confirmed for the program, a $200 refundable housing deposit is due. Please note that day-to-day living expenses are somewhat higher in Washington DC than in Tempe.
Are there scholarships available? Can my financial aid be applied toward these costs?
Scholarship funding may be available for students with financial need. Students must be admitted to the program and have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file in order to be considered for these scholarships. Financial aid and many ASU and private donor scholarships may also be applied toward program costs. Visit our scholarship webpage for more information.
Where will I be living?
You will live in Turnkey Housing Solutions, Meridian at Gallery Place, in Chinatown (Meridian at Gallery Place). The apartments house four students each with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and living room. All apartments are furnished and include utilities, AC, wireless internet, cable TV, cookware and dishware. Turnkey amenities also include a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, concierge service, complementary coffee service, a front door attendant, and more. The apartments are centrally located, two blocks from the Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro station, with access to the green, yellow and red lines. The apartments are a 18 minute walk to Capitol Hill and a 20 minute walk to the White House.