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 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.
Since the Kirby Center's opening in 2008, the WHIP program has grown exponentially. The facility includes classrooms, a library, a lecture hall, terrace, and student lounge. Students participating in WHIP attend the Center's frequent lectures, take classes in the building, and meet with notable scholars, journalists, and policymakers during their time in Washington.
In addition to their internships or apprenticeships, semester 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 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 across the street from the Kirby Center.
For more information on the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, please email WHIP@hillsdale.edu.