Government, Politics, and Public Policy

Explore careers in government, politics, and public policy by exploring the links below. Discovered a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment on Handshake with a Career Advisor and begin networking to learn more.

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Job and Internship Resources

Think Tanks
Resources for jobs on the Hill
Federal Internship Programs and Resources

International Affairs

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Alexander Hamilton Society - The Alexander Hamilton Society is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy.  As we build a national network of oustanding students, faculty, and professionals, we sponsor debates at colleges and universities, as well as in major cities, and provide other opportunities for our members to flourish intellectually, profesisonally, and personally.  As an active member, there are plentiful opportunities to find internships in Washington D.C.
  • Civic Engagement - College Democrats and College Republicans
  • Mock Convention - The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a quadrennial tradition in which student delegates attempt to predict the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of the White House.
  • Political Review - The Washington & Lee Political Review is a student-administered, student-centered academic journal with a clear emphasis on political science and political theory. The Review showcases exceptional undergraduate scholarship, and serves as an ambassador to the academic community at large.
  • Washington Term - The Washington Term Program has been in existence for three decades. It was established by Bill Connelly, John K. Boardman Professor of Politics, and has provided more than 400 Washington and Lee students with a memorable living and learning experience in Washington, D.C. since 1987. Students have used the six-week spring term course to launch careers in every branch of government.
  • World Languages Portal - The World Languages and Cultures portal provides information on course offerings, resources, and programs for students interested in building skills to prepare for a global and diverse society.

Graduate Program Partnerships

  • Washington and Lee + O'Neill Partnership - W&L's partnership with Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs provides benefits for W&L graduates. Qualified graduates receive priority admission, a 25% tuition reduction and an application fee waiver. Choose from a range of graduate programs, including the unique Washington, D.C. Accelerator program that lets you complete your second year in the nation's capital.