The University of Massachusetts Amherst


University of Massachusetts students are eligible to intern in Washington, DC

SBS in DC is a new program that connects 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 mentor students at internship sites all over DC.

US Congress offices include:

  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark - MA-5 (D)
  • Congressman Jim McGovern - MA-2 (D)
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas - CA-29 (D)
  • Congressman Brett Guthrie - KY-2 (R)

Policy and Strategy sites include:

  • Lincoln Park Strategies (Democratic polling firm)
  • American Dental Association Congressional Lobby

Non-Profit Advocacy organizations include:

  • Refugee Policy Program of Church World Service
  • InterAction
  • Fair Chance DC

More Internship sites to come soon!

University of Massachusetts students are mentored when they intern in Washington, DCProgram Dates and Deadlines

SBS in DC will take place from May 25th - August 3rd, 2019. 

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: Applications are closed


Any SBS majors who are current Sophomores and Juniors, as well as seniors who will graduate in December 2019, 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.

University of Massachusetts students at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DCInfo 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.

Info Sessions (Machmer E-32):

  • Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 24th from 4:00-5:00pm

Talk to a student who attended during Summer 2018! Drop in hours in Thompson 128:

  • Wednesday, October 31st from 2:30-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 7th from 10:00-11:30am


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


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