In 1887, the Catholic University of America was established as a graduate and research college and today includes 12 schools. As part of its curriculum, the Washington, D.C.-based university offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to study abroad for a semester in programs that incorporate class work with internships in foreign government in the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the European Union. Summer, semester or yearlong opportunities are available to both CUA and non-CUA students.
Interns divide their time between studying and performing legislative work for the government bodies. Interns in Belgium study post-World War II history while working in the European Parliament. Interns in London study comparative politics and British drama while working in the London Parliament. Interns in Ireland live with a family, study local history and economy and work in the Dublin Parliament. Opportunities are also available at European Union organizations. Interns typically work as aides, answering letters and helping to research and draft speeches.
Applicants must be full-time college students in at least the second semester of their sophomore year with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply. Check the website below for more information about requirements.
Madison Bolls, Program Manager
Catholic University of America
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: (202) 319-6010
Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors