Practicum

The internship or practicum portion of the M.A. in American Government Program offers students the unique opportunity to experience Washington at work. Students are required to work during the spring semester for 20 hours per week, and during the summer (late May through mid-July) for 30 hours per week.

The Practicum Coordinator works with each student individually and provides guidance and assistance in finding and securing a meaningful placement in an organization that is relevant to the study of American Government.

Relevant practica could be within the executive branch, on Capitol Hill, in non-profit organizations or interest groups, in media organizations, in political consulting firms, etc. Placement is driven by the student's interests and the availability of a position in the desired organization. See Recent Placements and Past Placements for examples of where our students have worked.

Students may be paid for their internship, but compensation should not be the driving force behind pursuing a particular placement. The experience and the enrichment offered by most internships, as well as the contacts students make during their work in Washington often provides tangible benefits (e.g., securing permanent employment).


Class of 2017 Practicum Placements
  • Daniel Block, US Office of Management and Budget, Budget Review Division
  • Krista Douvlos, Youth Service America (Youth Engagement non-profit)
  • Jonathan Fazzino, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
  • David Gonzalez, Data Quality Campaign (Education Policy non-profit)
  • Nicholas Kayler, Alcade & Fay, Government and Public Affairs Consultants
  • Ryan Kearns, US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis
  • Andrew Pecoraro, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Internship Supervisor Quotes on the Program

“Our Interns were spectacular. The students quickly became team members in every respect. When urgent tasks drove us to impossible hours they stood shoulder to shoulder with our seasoned veterans. Eager to learn, their enthusiasm was infectious and their unique perspective encouraged fresh approaches to nagging problems.”

Deputy Director, General, Flag, & Officer Management
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness

“The FCC's Office of Strategic Planning derives substantial benefits from our student interns, and we like to think that the feeling among interns is mutual. Our interns get an inside look at the policy research and development process, and their work makes a tangible contribution. And the learning process is a two-way street. They learn how a regulatory agency operates, but their experience, particularly as users of cutting edge media and telecom devices and services, often informs our perspective as policy analysts.”

Deputy Chief Economist
Federal Communications Commission.

“Thanks for recommending my branch to your masters program students. It has been great to have such a resource for eight months who can potentially apply for full-time employment upon graduation with ‘corporate experience’ in hand.”

Branch Chief
Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President


Alumni Quotes on the Practicum Experience

"The MA program allowed me to become involved in government immediately, and helped me decide what I really wanted to do with my career."

"My internship led directly to a full-time job offer, which I never would have gotten without this program."

"The Georgetown program gave me opportunities to begin working in federal government positions that I couldn't find elsewhere."

"Georgetown's program introduced and integrated me into DC's political culture, and has opened up a lot of doors for my future job prospects."

"For students who are interested in transitioning their masters into the professional sphere, the internship component of this program allows them to develop direct insight into a potential career path. The program's coordinator, who has years of experience in the public sector, works directly with students to explore different internship options. As a whole, this program offers a well-rounded education in American government."

"The MA in AG program’s emphasis on both the theory and practice of American government provides students with skills that they can easily transfer from the classroom to the workplace. The opportunity to gain real-world experience through the practicum component of the program is particularly valuable. I came into the program knowing that I was interested in legislative affairs, but it was the opportunity to do my practicum with a congressional committee that solidified my interest and framed my job search. It was also an experience that stood out to potential employers. The practicum allowed me to develop firsthand knowledge about the committee process and exposed me to the Capitol Hill culture. This background has served me well as a legislative assistant at a nonprofit advocacy organization, and now as a congressional affairs specialist at the Food and Drug Administration, where I work with congressional staff on a daily basis."

"The Master of Arts in American Government program was crucial in helping me obtain my current job. I did my practicum placement at the Pew Charitable Trusts, which I secured through the network of the practicum coordinator, Lynn Ross. The placement, where I worked on federal budget issues and the fiscal relationship between the federal and state governments, gave me great experience and was very relevant to what I was studying at Georgetown. It was also a great opportunity to network with some of DC's top public policy thinkers and learn how to thrive at a large, high-performing organization. At the end of the practicum, my supervisor's recommendation helped me get hired to a different department within Pew, where I still work today. While the American Government program gave me useful subject matter expertise, the most invaluable aspect of the program has been my enhanced critical thinking, analysis and research skills."


Recent Placements
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • American Gas Association
  • Hilltop Public Solutions
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Under Secretary for Industry and Trade
  • Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Spring) and Campaign Staff (Summer)
  • Pew Center on the States, Fiscal Federal Initiative
  • McChrystal Group
  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Pew Charitable Trusts Fiscal Analysis Initiative, Fiscal Analyst
  • Voice of America
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
  • Democratic National Committee, Communications
  • U.S. Army Budget Office, Current Operations Division
  • U.S. Army Budget Office, Congressional Liaison
  • Senator Bob Casey, Legislative Staff
  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation
  • Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Policy Studies
  • Traditional Values Coalition, Research Analyst
  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Strategic Communications, Government Affairs
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewables
  • Penn Quarter Partners
  • U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Majority Oversight Staff
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning Evaluation and Policy Development
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Press Assistant
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

Past Placements

The American Government Master’s Program places students in advanced internship assignments in accordance with their preferences. They have served with the following organizations:

  • Alcade-Fay (government relations and public affairs firm)
  • ABC News Digital Media Group
  • Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Public Policy Advocacy Fellow)
  • American Strategy Group (political consulting firm)
  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • American Target Advertising (Assistant to the Vice President)
  • Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • Association of American Educators
  • Berenson Strategy Group (Fellow)
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior
  • Center for Media and Public Affairs
  • Cinereach Films (Personal Assistant to Founder)
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • DCI Group (political consulting firm)
  • Deloitte Consulting (Consultant, Federal Strategy and Operations)
  • Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration)
  • Department of Education (Policy Office)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (Presidential Management Fellow)
  • Department of the Interior (Office of the Secretary)
  • Embassy of Great Britain (Visits Officer)
  • Executive Office of the President--OMB Task Force
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • General Electric (Washington Office)
  • Global Strategy Group
  • Harris Interactive (political polling and research firm)
  • Hickman Analytics (Junior Analyst)
  • Hillary for President
  • International City/County Management Association
  • International Climate Change Partnership
  • MSNBC (Tucker Carlson)
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • National Republican Campaign Committee (Communications)
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee (Research Analyst)
  • Office of Management and Budget (National Security Division)
  • Office of Management and Budget (Human Resources Division)
  • Office of Management and Budget (Veterans Affairs and Defense Health)
  • Office of Management and Budget (Policy Analyst)
  • Office of Personnel Management (Presidential Management Fellow)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • OG Systems (Researcher, DIA History Office)
  • OMB Watch (non-profit research and advocacy organization)
  • Podesta Group
  • The American Prospect
  • Thomas Frank (author)
  • U.S. Army Budget Office(Financial Management Analyst, Operating Forces Directorate)
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Army Budget Office
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. House of Representatives (Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (Congresswoman Susan Davis)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (Congressman Joe Courtney)
  • U.S. Senate HELP Committee-Majority
  • U.S. Senate HELP Committee—Minority
  • U.S. Senate HELP Committee (Staff Assisstant)
  • Zogby International (political polling and research firm)