SBS in DC is a new program that is being piloted this year to connect UMass Amherst College of Social & Behavioral Science majors with UMass alumni working in and around Capitol Hill in Washington DC.  Program participants will be matched with host internship sites for a 10-week summer internship, participate in an online class, and have the opportunity to network with UMass Alumni who are working in the area.

Alumni will mentor students at internship sites on the Hill, including the offices of:

  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark - MA-5 (D)
  • Congressman Jim McGovern - MA-2 (D)
  • Congressman Seth Moulton - MA-6 (D)
  • MA Governor Charlie Baker's DC Office (R)
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas - CA-29 (D)
  • Congressman Brett Guthrie - KY-2 (R)
  • Political PR and Marketing Firms
  • Political advocacy organizations

Program Dates and Deadlines

SBS in DC will take place from May 26th, 2018-August 4th, 2018. 

There will also be mandatory training sessions at UMass throughout the spring, on topics such as professional etiquette & communication, networking, DC 101, internship expectations, Policy & Legislative Prep 101, learning objectives and goal setting. Those selected into the program will receive a schedule of trainings. 

Deadline to apply: February 5, 2018


Any SBS majors who are current Sophomores and Juniors, as well as seniors who will graduate in December 2018 are welcome to apply.  SBS in DC is a selective program, with a limited number of internships available.  We are looking for applicants who are serious about representing SBS in DC with our alumni hosts.   


Students who are selected into the 2018 cohort will have their housing costs at Washington Intern Student Housing on Capitol Hill provided. SBS will also pay for one academic credit for your internship. You may register for additional credits for the internship, but SBS will not pay for those.  *Additional funding to cover travel to DC, food, metro card, and other expenses may be available, dependent on financial need.

Info Sessions

To apply for this unique opportunity, it is strongly recommended that you attend an info session or go to drop in hours to learn more about the program.

Drop in hours in Thompson 128:

  • Friday, January 26th from 2:00pm-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 30th from 2:00pm-4:00pm .

Info Sessions in Machmer E-32:

  • Thursday, January 25th from 12:30-1:30pm
  • Monday, January 29th from 1:00-2:00pm in 


Go to Handshake and search for SBS in DC in the Jobs tab.


Please contact Rebecca Bell, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development for SBS at for more information.