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The Washington, DC based Institute on Business and Government Affairs is now accepting applications for the February 8, 2017 Priority Deadline

The Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) is an eight week summer academic internship program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University. The program offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at the intersection of business and politics through:

• An internship placement in corporate business and government affairs
• Courses for credit in economics and government
• Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
• Housing in the heart of Washington, D.C. 

Our goal is to help students close the gap between theory and practice and develop skills to understand business interests and legislation. As you know, today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Building on what you have taught them in the classroom, we are committed to providing an educational experience that will prepare your students for successful careers in business or government affairs.

Please share the announcement below with any student whose aspiration is to be among the next generation of professionals to shape tomorrow’s business landscape. 

Students should apply by February 8 for priority admissions and scholarship consideration. 

Please visit for detailed information on the program. Please contact me at 202.986.0384 or with any questions. Thank you for your time and consideration. 


Institute on Business and Government Affairs
Washington, DC 
June 3 – July 28, 2017 

Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 8
Final Deadline: March 16
**Scholarship Funding Available**

Will You Answer the Call? 
Do you see yourself working for a Fortune 500 company in the future? Or perhaps sitting in a congressional office discussing policy and regulation? Do you ever ask yourself, do I have what it takes to help grow the nation’s business sector? 

If you answered yes, we invite you to apply to the 2017 Institute on Business and Government Affairs and be counted among the next generation of professionals to shape tomorrow’s public policy and business decisions. 

Program Components: 
• Business and Government Affairs Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week at a corporate government affairs office, trade association, or lobbying firm. You will gain insight and practical experience in business and government affairs career tracks. Issue areas that you could be working on this summer include:
o Consumer products
o Defense
o Economics
o Energy
o Environment
o International Business
o Manufacturing
o Technology
o Transportation
o Or click here to check out some of the companies were students are placed

• Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on public policy economics and government for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog.

• Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on relevant issues in business policy and government affairs with prominent figures, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, Bloomberg Government, World Bank, Securities and Exchange Commission, and foreign embassies.

• Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including lobbyists, business leaders, government staff, and various other professionals to learn about career paths in business and government affairs.

• Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.

• Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

• Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. 

This Could be You:
"Upon arriving to DC I was anxious, nervous, and excited for what my internship would entail. I was able to meet the CEO of the fortune 100 company that I was working with on my 3rd day on the job, sit in on meetings with U.S. Representatives, attend congressional events while representing my company, and experience an absolutely incredible summer in an office setting. The things I learned at my internship will be extremely valuable when I enter my career." 
Jeff Skinner, Georgia College
Intern, Caterpillar Inc.

"My work at HLC has been instrumental in allowing me to learn the “in’s and out’s” of Washington DC life, the importance of networking, and how to bring bipartisan public policy together in a beneficial way." 
Aaron Wodka, Fullerton College
Intern, Healthcare Leadership Council

Application Instructions:
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 14, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 8 Priority Deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.

Application requirements include a topical essay, statement of purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here:

Please visit for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Joel Troutman, Institute on Business and Government Affairs Coordinator, at or 202.986.0384.


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  • Created By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Created: 01/17/2017
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