Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program


“At first, I was apprehensive about participating in WHIP because I didn’t want to miss a semester on campus, but it was one of the best decisions I made in college. Working in the capital, meeting successful reporters, and interning for my future employer was the perfect way to start a career in political journalism.” —Betsy Woodruff, ’12

The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) provides Hillsdale College undergraduates the opportunity to participate in academically intensive, semester-long internships in the nation's capital. Hundreds of Hillsdale College students have participated in WHIP since its inception in the early 1970s; over the last 40 years, WHIP has placed students in such challenging and rewarding locations as the White House, Congress, various think-tanks, media and news outlets, national security agencies, lobbying firms, international trade and relations organizations, and private sector companies.

Since the opening of Hillsdale College’s D.C. campus, the Kirby Center, in 2008, WHIP has grown exponentially. The Kirby Center provides current Hillsdale students with a “home away from home,” and serves as a gathering place for Hillsdale alumni living in the D.C. area. The facility includes a classroom, library, large lecture hall, terrace, and student recreation room. 

In addition to their full-time internships, semester WHIP students take two academic courses: "Deliberation and the Virtues of Statesmanship" and "American National Security Studies." WHIP students also participate in a variety of events sponsored by the Kirby Center. They may attend Supreme Court oral arguments and enjoy special meetings with Supreme Court Justices; visit the Civil War battlefields of Antietam and Gettysburg; and also take in Washington, D.C., area sites including the historic home of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage, and George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon. 

WHIP students live in either the Hillsdale House, a renovated townhouse located on Capitol Hill, just two blocks from the Kirby Center, or in The Heritage Foundation’s Johnson Building, conveniently located across the street from the Kirby Center. 

For more information on the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program, please email WHIP@hillsdale.edu.