The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) provides Hillsdale College students the opportunity to participate full-time in academically intensive, semester-long internships in the nation’s capital. Over the last 35 years of its existence, WHIP has placed upperclassmen students in such challenging and rewarding locations as the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the White House, various think-tanks, media and news outlets, national security agencies, lobbying firms, international trade and relations organizations, and private sector companies.
In addition to their full-time internship, WHIP students during the academic year take two courses in “Public Policy” and “American National Security Studies.” All students participate in a co-curricular program that includes special trips and events, and presentations by Washington policymakers.
The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, together with the George Washington Fellowship Program, forms the chief component of undergraduate education offered by Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. The purpose of the Kirby Center is to inspire a generation of public servants, young men and women who place the Constitution at the heart of their careers and their policies, and whose work is grounded in real knowledge of that document. WHIP is at the core of this effort, and seeks to train students not in the typical ways of Washington, but in a mode of thinking and acting that is very different from that of the administrative state, as students pursue an education for liberty. To that end, WHIP students are taught to know and defend the enduring principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
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