In the summertime, the Kirby Center offers extracurricular opportunities to Hillsdale students and recent graduates in Washington, D.C. Unlike fall and spring WHIP, the summer program does not offer 3-credit courses, scholarships, or guaranteed housing. All currently enrolled Hillsdale College students and recent graduates interning or beginning a career in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area are encouraged to participate in the Summer in D.C. program. The summer program is provided free of charge, but students are responsible for all costs associated with housing, food, and transportation. 

To learn more, check out our FAQs below or e-mail summerDC@hillsdale.edu.


You can download the Summer in D.C. application packet here.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Summer 2016: Hillsdale students and recent graduates will be accepted to the Summer in D.C. program on a rolling basis beginning January 20, 2016.

ALUMNI MENTORING

Current Hillsdale students and recent graduates have the opportunity to be paired with Hillsdale alumni based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMMING

The Kirby Center offers monthly lectures and a variety of public events throughout the summer. The program may offer special trips to Gettysburg, the Supreme Court, and/or other local sites.

The Hillsdale alumni chapter in D.C. hosts several social and networking events for summer WHIP students, and provides mentoring opportunities throughout the summer.

HOUSING

Summer in D.C. students must secure their own housing.

Summer housing in the Hillsdale House is limited to 17 students. Students should submit an application, and the house is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, pending approval by the Deans' Office.

The Kirby Center staff provides housing resources (PDF), and students are connected to alumni and other friends of Hillsdale for assistance.

TUITION AND FEES

The summer program is provided free of charge, but students are responsible for all costs associated with housing, food, and transportation.

Students should budget $800–$1000/month for housing, $150–$250/month for food, and $75–$100/month for transportation.

There is no financial aid available to students in the summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Summer in D.C. Program? Does the program have any pre-requisites?

Summer in D.C. is open to Hillsdale students and recent graduates of all majors. However, we highly recommend that students wait until the summer after their sophomore year to apply and intern in Washington, D.C.

There are no pre-requisites for the program. However, we recommend that students take POL 101: The United States Constitution prior to coming to D.C. for a summer.

What is the deadline for applying to the Summer in D.C. program?

Hillsdale students and recent graduates will apply and be accepted to the Summer in D.C. program on a rolling basis beginning January 20, 2016. We encourage students to apply as early as possible.

How expensive is Summer in D.C.? Is there financial aid available to Summer in D.C. students?

The program is provided free of charge, but students are responsible for all costs associated with housing, food, and transportation. Students should budget $800–$1000/month for housing, $150–$250/month for food, and $75–$100/month for transportation. No financial aid is available to students in the summer.

How will I secure my internship?

Students are expected to take initiative in securing their own internships in Washington, D.C., with assistance from both Career Services and the Kirby Center staff. For specific suggestions on what internships would be the best for you or to set up an appointment with the student programs coordinator, please email summerDC@hillsdale.edu.

Is housing guaranteed for all Summer in D.C. participants?

No, housing is not guaranteed to Summer in D.C. participants. Housing is available at the College-owned Hillsdale House but is limited to 17 students. Students should submit an application to live at the Hillsdale House, and the house is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, pending approval by the Deans’ Office.

The Kirby Center staff provides housing resources, and students are connected to alumni and other friends of Hillsdale for assistance.

Are academic classes offered to Summer in D.C. participants?

Regular 3-credit academic courses are not offered during the summer.