The WLP Program offers some flexibility in that if a student wants an internship that is not on our pre-determined list, we can help him or her, based on their own initiative, obtain their desired internship. We have had participants intern at many places by these means, including in the U.S. Humane Society and the Smithsonian Gardens.
In addition to the existing internship placements, there are a number of internships students may wish to pursue but will need to apply for in addition to the WLP program. These include, but are not limited to, the White House and the State Department. In many cases, students will need to apply for these programs before they know of their acceptance or denial into the WLP program.
Acceptance into any of these these internships does not garuntee placement into the Washington Leadership Program and vice versa. WLP staff are happy to assist students throughout these application processes and any necessary security clearance paperwork, but have no direct influence on the outcome of these placements. In addition, these programs are highly competitive, and we ask that any student who is interested in the IU in DC program and applying for one of these internships remain open-minded to other internship placements we may have to offer. If a student is admitted to the WLP but not to their top internship placement, we will work with the student to secure an alternate placement and ask that they remain flexible and consider alternate placements.
See a full list of internships offered by WLP. Admitted students will need their IU username and password to access these internship descriptions.