The Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) provides Hillsdale College undergraduates the opportunity to participate in academically intensive, semester-long internships or teaching apprenticeships 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. In addition, 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.
In recent years, WHIP has grown considerably. Hillsdale’s Kirby Center, which includes classrooms, a library, a lecture hall, terrace, and student lounge, serves as a base for the program. WHIP students take classes in the building, attend the Center's frequent lectures, take classes in the building, and meet with notable scholars, journalists, and policymakers during their semester in Washington.
In addition to their internships or apprenticeships, WHIP students select two or three academic courses. Offerings in past semesters have included “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 visited the Civil War battlefield at Antietam and George Washington's historic estate at Mount Vernon and toured the Pentagon and the FBI Headquarters.
Students live in either the Hillsdale House (a renovated townhouse on Capitol Hill) or in other College-arranged housing on Capitol Hill
For more information on the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, please email WHIP@hillsdale.edu.