Washington Summer Fellows

Enhance your summer internship in Washington, D.C.


The Eisenhower Institute’s Washington Summer Fellowship is an intensive 10-week residential experience that prepares students for leadership and service in the tradition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This program provides a select number of motivated students who secure internships in the Washington, D.C., area an opportunity to also learn about important policy issues and how government operates while working in the nation’s capital. Through weekly seminars and field visits, participants gain a deep understanding of the institutions and relationships that impact how decisions are made. Students also receive personalized career coaching to develop a roadmap for success. Housing is provided through the Lutheran College Washington Semester.

The Fellowship Experience

  • Seminars: In evening sessions once a week, students meet with experts to discuss major policy areas such as the economy, foreign policy, defense, trade, labor, national security, technology, crime, health care, civil rights, education and racial and social issues. Seminars also address key Eisenhower principles of leadership and service. Participants receive materials in advance so they are fully prepared to engage.
  • Field Visits: On alternate Saturdays, students visit D.C. destinations with academic, historical, or cultural significance, such as museums, historic sites, government offices, communities and other notable locations. These tours expose students to the flavor of the nation’s capital, giving them an opportunity to experience what the city has to offer.
  • Career Coaching: The Eisenhower Institute is partnering with the Center for Career Engagement and volunteer mentors to help students make the most of their internship experience. Sessions cover resume review, interview preparation, networking and other workplace support. Each student is assigned a personal Career Coach to help them identify interests and create a roadmap that integrates academics, interests and co-curricular experiences in preparation for career success.
  • Housing: Accepted fellows are placed in residential housing for the 10-week fellowship period. Housing is provided by the Lutheran College Washington Semester in Rosslyn, Va. Visit their website for more information on accommodations.


Students accepted into the Washington Summer Fellowship are responsible for independently securing a summer internship based in the Washington, D.C., area. Students may apply for the fellowship prior to obtaining an internship; however, confirmation of acceptance into an internship program must be provided to the Eisenhower Institute no later than April 29. Students must have an internship to participate. The fellowship does not provide or match students with internship opportunities, though many are available. Students needing assistance and/or support should contact the Center for Career Engagement

Eligibility, Selection, and Deadline

Current Gettysburg College first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. Applications open March 6 and close March 27. Decisions will be announced by April 10. Eight (8) students will be selected.


Students who are accepted into the program will confirm their participation by submitting a $300 refundable application and damage deposit to LCWS by April 30. Your application and damage deposit is held throughout your stay and completely refundable, pending the condition of your condo upon move out.

The Eisenhower Institute is committed to equitable opportunities for all students. Applicants who face financial hardships providing required deposits should contact the Institute to discuss options.


Fellows are expected to attend all seminars, tours, and career coaching sessions. Absences aside from emergencies must be requested and approved at least 3 days in advance. Students who do not meet this expectation will be required to reimburse the Eisenhower Institute for the cost of their housing.  


Please contact ei@gettysburg.edu or 202-628-4444 with questions.