The University of Massachusetts Amherst


SBS in DC is an exciting summer internship program that connects UMass Amherst College of Social & Behavioral Science majors with UMass alumni working in Washington DC.  Entering into its third year, the program has proven to be a stepping stone for students interested in careers in fields like policy, non-profits, international development, strategy, marketing, PR, government, campaign work and more.

Program participants are matched with host internship sites for a 10-week summer internship, participate in a hybrid online/face to face class, and have the opportunity to network with UMass Alumni who are working in the area, and live together as a cohort in DC. Alumni mentor students at internship sites all over DC.

Previously, students have interned in and around Capitol Hill:

  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark - MA-5 (D)
  • Congressman Jim McGovern - MA-2 (D)
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas - CA-29 (D)
  • Congressman Brett Guthrie - KY-2 (R)
  • Congressman Joe Kennedy III - MA-4 (D)
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren - MA (D)
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Students have also interned with organizations that work on issues such as:

Foreign Affairs and International Development

  • Foreign Policy For America
  • InterAction
  • C4ADS (Center for Advanced Defense Studies)
  • Chemonics
  • Refugee Policy Program of Church World Service

Environment and Health

  • American Rivers
  • American Dental Association Congressional Lobby
  • Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Workforce Health

Data and Strategy

  • Lincoln Park Strategies
  • No Labels
  • New Blue Interactive
  • Dentons

The SBS Career and Professional Development team are always networking and adding new internship sites. 

Program Dates and Deadlines

Ayla Thorntana

SBS in DC will take place from May 23rd - August 1st, 2020. 

There will be a mandatory 1-credit class that all participants must register for in Spring 2020 that will cover topics such as professional etiquette & communication, networking, DC 101, internship expectations, identity and bias, policy & legislative process, learning objectives, and goal setting. Those selected into the program will receive access to the class in time for Spring registration. 

Deadline to apply: October 18th, 2019


Any SBS majors who are current Sophomores and Juniors, as well as seniors who will graduate in December 2020, 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 2020 cohort will be provided housing costs for Washington Intern Student Housing on Capitol Hill. SBS will also pay for one academic credit for your summer 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.

Come to an info session to learn more about the application process and the program:

  • Friday, Sept 20th 12:00-1:00pm Machmer E-32
  • Monday, Sept 23rd 10:00-11: 00 am Machmer E-32
  • Friday, Sept 27th 4:00-5: 00 pm Machmer E-32
  • Thursday, Oct 3rd 4:30-5: 30 pm Thompson 128
  • Tuesday, Oct 8th 1:00-2: 00 pm Machmer E-32
  • Tuesday, Oct 15th 4:00-5: 00 pm Thompson 128

Attend Drop-in Hours in Thompson 128 and speak to students who did the program last summer:

  • Tuesdays: September 17th, 24th, October 1st, 8th & 15th from 11:30am-12: 00 pm (Thompson 128)
  • Thursdays: September 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th & 17th from 12:00-1: 00 pm (Thompson 128)


Applications will open on September 16th, 2019 and will close on October 18th, 2019. Go to Handshake and search for SBS in DC 2020 in the Jobs tab.


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