Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

October 11, 2017

Community Leadership and Engagement in DC

We are now accepting applications for our summer program in community leadership and engagement, the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, DC. The program includes:

• Internship placement with a leading nonprofit an organization in the Washington, DC Metro Area
• Undergraduate academic credit from George Mason University
• Fully furnished on-campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Community Leadership + NGO Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!
June 2 – July 27, 2018
Early Application Deadline: December 5, 2017 – 5% tuition discount

Immerse yourself in community leadership and engagement this summer in Washington, DC through the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service! The 8-week program allows students to intern with nongovernmental and charitable organizations while earning academic credit in economics and humanitarian aid. Your summer will put you on the front lines, working on local, national and global issues.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

Earn course credit while you intern! You will earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level government, ethics and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities.

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. Based on your interests and skills, you will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area. We have been creating academic internship experiences for almost 50 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

Internship placements are with organizations working on pressing issues such as:
• Education + Literacy
• Environment
• Childhood Nutrition
• Immigration
• Homelessness
• Women’s Issues + Violence Prevention

Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections as well as practice your leadership and networking skills in a real-world setting.

We offer a number of opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:
• Social entrepreneurship workshops
• Seminars in professional development, international affairs and legal studies
• Mentor program with DC professionals
• Roundtable discussions & networking receptions
• Site briefings at key Washington Institutions including the World Bank, Peace Corps and American Red Cross Headquarters
• Student-led charitable grant program
• Leadership projects impacting at-risk youth, urban green spaces, public health education and much more

“IPVS allowed me to explore the nonprofit sector in a whole new way; working and living in the nonprofit capital of the world greatly shaped my future career.”
Kenney Tran, Merrimack College
Intern, Jump$tart Coalition

“Taking classes through IPVS exposed me to new perspectives that I likely never would have encountered at my college. The concepts I learned and the friends I made caused this to be a life-changing experience.”
Adelaide Ralston, Alverno College
Intern, YMCA

APPLY NOW – 5% Discount
Make plans for the summer! Visit to begin an online application today. Apply by the early deadline of December 5 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.

The program is designed for undergraduate students from all fields of study who are interested in leadership and community engagement.

We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship awards are granted based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384