Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program

Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program

About WHIP

The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) provides Hillsdale College undergraduates the opportunity to participate in academically intensive, semester-long internships or teaching apprenticeships in Washington, D.C., while continuing their Hillsdale education.



Program Features


Capitol Hill interns

Work On The Hill

WHIP students have the opportunity to intern for the White House, Congressional offices and committees, various think-tanks, media and news outlets, national security agencies, lobbying firms, international trade organizations, or private sector companies.

Teaching Apprenticeship

Teaching at the Academy

Gain Teaching Experience

WHIP students interested in pursuing a career in teaching can elect to apprentice at select charter and private schools in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area thanks to a special partnership with the College’s education department.


Class at Kirby Center

Continue Your Education

In addition to their internships or apprenticeships, WHIP students select two or three academic courses. Offerings might include “American National Security Studies,” “The US and the World Since 1945,” and “Constitutional History of the United States.”


WHIP trip to Gettysburg

Explore The Area

WHIP students also participate in a variety of activities sponsored by the Kirby Center. Opportunities might include visits to the Civil War battlefield at Antietam and George Washington’s historic estate at Mount Vernon or tours of the Pentagon and the FBI Headquarters.


Career Cantina

Build Your Network

The Student-Alumni Mentorship Program assists Hillsdale undergraduates in building their professional and networking skills by connecting them with Hillsdale alumni in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Living Arrangements

WHIP building in Washington D.C.

Live With Fellow Students

Students live in either the Hillsdale House (a renovated townhouse on Capitol Hill) or in other College-arranged housing on Capitol Hill.


WHIP is open to Hillsdale sophomores, juniors, and seniors of all majors. All WHIP students must have completed Politics 101, “The U.S. Constitution,” prior to leaving for D.C.

Learn More About Applying To WHIP