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 students have participated in WHIP since its inception in the early 1970s. Over the last 40 years, WHIP students have interned for the White House, Congressional offices and committees, various think-tanks, media and news outlets, national security agencies, lobbying firms, international trade organizations, and private sector companies.

Since the Kirby Center's opening in 2008, the program has grown exponentially. The facility includes a classroom, library, large lecture hall, terrace, and student  lounge. Students participating in WHIP attend the Center's frequnt lectures, attend classes in the building, and meet with notable scholars, journalists, and policymakers during their time in Washington.

In addition to their full-time internships, semester WHIP students select two academic courses. Offerings include “American National Security Studies,” “The US and the World Since 1945,” and “Constitutional History of the United States."

WHIP students also participate in a variety of activities sponsored by the Kirby Center. Past classes have attended Supreme Court oral arguments, enjoyed special meetings with Supreme Court justices, visited the Civil War battlefields at Antietam and Gettysburg, and toured the Pentagon, the FBI Headquarters and George Washington's historic estate at Mount Vernon.

Students live in either the Hillsdale House, a renovated townhouse on Capitol Hill, or in The Heritage Foundation's Johnson Building,  located across the street from the Kirby Center. 

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