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WHIP students in the fall and spring semesters pay Hillsdale College tuition for full-time enrollment, and they remain eligible for the same scholarships and grants.

Rent for the Hillsdale House is $872 per month.

Meal plans are not available, and students are responsible for their own food.

Students accepted into WHIP are awarded an additional allowance to defray the costs of housing in D.C. This scholarship money is in addition to any aid currently received from the College.


Students register for 12–15 credits while participating in WHIP.

All students register either for WHIP 385: The Washington-Hillsdale Internship (6 credits) or for EDU 401: Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship (6 credits). 

Students register for two or three additional 3-credit academic courses.


WHIP students during the fall and spring semesters live in the Hillsdale House, a townhouse two blocks from the Kirby Center. The Hillsdale House accommodates 17 students in four fully-furnished apartments with newly-remodeled kitchens, spacious living areas, and Wi-Fi. The location provides ease of access to major metro stations, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress, as well as the added safety and security that comes from living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Should the number of WHIP students in the fall and spring exceed capacity of the Hillsdale House, students will also reside in other College-arranged housing on Capitol Hill.


WHIP is administered by staff on campus in Michigan and at the Kirby Center in Washington, D.C.

Michigan-based Staff

Courtney Noonan—Internship Program Coordinator

Washington, D.C., Faculty and Staff

Matthew Spalding—Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs at the Kirby Center

Paul Moreno—Director of Academic Programs

Sophia Carr—Student Programs Coordinator




Classes are taught at the Kirby Center by full-time Hillsdale College faculty and part-time adjunct faculty.

Students participating in the program work at their internships four to five days per week and enroll in courses offered at night or on Fridays. 


Required Course

Students select one of the following courses:

WHIP 385: The Washington-Hillsdale Internship

The grade for WHIP 385 will be based on successful completion of the internship and program and will count toward the students' general elective credits. (6 credits)

EDU 401: Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship

Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching may complete a full-time (30–40 hours per week) apprenticeship at an approved private or charter school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. (6 credits)



Additional Courses

Students will choose two or three of the following courses:

ECO 493: Developmental Economics (or similar)

This course explores one of the most enduring questions in economics: "Why are some nations rich while others remain poor?" (3 Credits)

ENG 370: American Literature, 1890-present (or similar)

A literary survey of late 19th-century and 20th-century literature in the context of its age. (3 Credits)

HST 308: US and the World since 1945

Paul D. Moreno

Political and cultural history of the United States since 1945, with emphasis on America’s role as a world power. (3 Credits)

HST 483: Constitutional History of the United States to 1865

Paul D. Moreno

The origins of American constitutional concepts, the writing of the Constitution, American federalism in operation, and legal issues caused by sectionalism and the Civil War. (3 Credits)

HST 484: Constitutional History of the United States since 1865

Paul D. Moreno

Constitutional problems of Reconstruction, labor and trust issues, expansions of governmental operations, controversies of the New Deal, civil liberties during the world wars and the Cold War, the struggle of minority groups for legal equality, the Warren Court, and the legal issues of the Nixon Administration. (3 Credits)

IDS 393: Statesmanship and Public Policy

Matthew Spalding

This course considers the nature of politics and regimes, in particular that aspect of political deliberation that relates permanent truths to contingent circumstances. This course explores the themes of practical wisdom or prudence, statecraft, decision-making, and the abilities and limits of politics and statesmanship in modern circumstances. (3 Credits)

POL 320: American National Security Studies

Todd R. Lowery

A general overview of the key concepts and issues in the study of war, strategy, and national security policy; this course specifically aims to familiarize students with the analytical tools necessary to continue the study of national security issues beyond this class. (3 Credits)





WHIP students complete intensive internships for which they earn six academic credits at Hillsdale College. 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. Students should contact the Career Services office early in the semester prior to leaving for D.C. for advice on writing a résumé and cover letter. Please e-mail for specific advice on choosing organizations and internships.

Past WHIP interns have worked at a variety of organizations in the D.C. area, including The American Enterprise Institute, American Spectator, The Federalist Society, Fox News Channel, The Heritage Foundation, House Committee on Ways and Means, National Review, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Senator Mike Lee (UT), Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Speaker of the House John Boehner, Smithsonian Institution, Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard.