Service-Learning & Volunteering

Summer 2018 Program on Community Leadership and Engagement Application Deadline

December 5, 2017
7:00 AM to 11:55 AM


June 3 – July 27, 2018

December 5 – Early Deadline for Summer 2018 (5% tuition discount)


** Internship Placement – Courses for Credit – Furnished Housing – Community Leadership Projects**

** Specific Scholarships Consideration Available for Campus Compact Members **


Spend 8 weeks taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation’s capital with the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS)!  Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college. IPVS will put you on the front lines helping to solve local, national and international issues. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes:


  • An internship placement with some of the nation’s top nonprofits
  • Courses for academic credit provided through George Mason University
  • Furnished housing located close to Metro rail stations, monuments and museums in Washington
  • Leadership activities including charitable grant awards and hands-on community projects
  • Professional development opportunities including networking events, exclusive behind the scenes briefings, guest speakers and a mentor program
  • Workshops on social entrepreneurship, legal issues and much more



We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for almost 50 years and provide internship placements for all participants. Your options are endless – we work with over 100 different nonprofit organizations working to solve problems in numerous different issue areas including:

  • Education/Literacy
  • Environment
  • Humanitarian Aid/Human Rights
  • Immigration Services
  • International Development
  • Mental Illness
  • Women’s Issues
  • Elderly
  • Youth
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger


Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.



Below you’ll find just a sampling of our past internship sites:

  • American Institute for Cancer Research
  • American Red Cross
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • Living Classrooms
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Mentors, Inc.
  • Shared Hope International
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Women’s National History Museum
  • World Learning



Follow us on Instagram @DCinternships to read a quote every week from a program alumnus.


“My internship was a great stepping stone for me into the professional world. My experiences at work helped me realize what I truly want to accomplish throughout my career.”
Courtney Bak, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Intern, So Others May Eat


APPLY TODAY – 5% Discount

Applicants to IPVS are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 5, 2017 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.



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

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.


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