Lugar internship now accepting applications

UIndy’s Washington Semester offers inside view of politics and policy

The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis is now accepting applications for its new Washington Semester program, which offers college students a unique and challenging internship and study experience in the nation’s capital.

UIndy President Robert Manuel and Sen. Richard Lugar speak at the Lugar Academy unveiling in December.

Designed by the longtime U.S. senator and the UIndy faculty, the 15-week, 12-credit-hour program provides an inside perspective on the political and policymaking process in Washington, D.C. The Washington Semester is offered each fall, spring and summer and is open to students in any major from any accredited college or university.Participants will attend classes and seminars on national and global issues and gain professional experience in settings such as congressional offices, federal agencies, think tanks, embassies, international organizations or government relations firms. They also will interact with Lugar, now a distinguished professor of political science and international relations for UIndy, and enjoy social activities, tours and cultural outings organized by the academy staff.

“Washington, D.C., is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city,” Lugar said. “Not only is it the seat of our national government, but the home to multinational corporations, foreign embassies and so much culture. Our future leaders must understand the international scene, the importance of diplomacy and cooperation, and the ways the United States can act proactively to mitigate future conflicts.”

Applicants must be juniors or seniors at accredited colleges or universities with GPAs of 3.0 or higher. They should demonstrate interest in politics and policymaking and must have completed an introductory course in American politics. The application deadline is June 1 for the fall program, which runs from Aug. 26 through Dec. 14.

Participants pay University of Indianapolis tuition for the semester. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Lodging is arranged through Washington Intern Student Housing.

For further information and a downloadable application, visit