CWA’s Intern Program Purpose & Parameters
The Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program is designed to give the rising generation experience in a public policy organization fighting for the preservation of Biblical values. We hope to equip those just starting out in life with a rich, real-life work experience alongside Christian experts who have made careers putting their faith into public policy work.
Interns are expected to abide by the corporate policies and standards of Concerned Women for America, including dress, business hours, and conduct.
Acceptance to the Program
Acceptance to the Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of our application, a schedule compatible with CWA office hours and needs, qualification within the program parameters, and final selection by our committee. We accept interns for the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
The Real World
You’ll develop your “real work” experience through professional hands-on projects that utilize your skills and interests. We accept interns from any field of study to work in any of these five areas:
Media & Communications, Legislation & Public Policy, Legal Studies, Field Department (CWA grassroots and Young Women for America development), and Development & Donor Relations
Fall, Spring, & Summer Internships
- The fall session typically runs from September-December. Application Deadline: August 1.
- The spring session typically runs from January-April. Application deadline: December 1.
- The summer session typically runs from June – early August. Application deadline: April 1.
Majors & Ages Accepted
We accept interns from any field of study. We also welcome post-graduate interns up to age 26, but the program is not open to pre-college students. Students over age 26 are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program is not an independently accredited program, but students may receive credit from their home institution depending upon their school’s policies. CWA is happy to work with your registrar’s office to provide information about our program.
Interns are responsible for their own living expenses.
CWA can recommend several resources in and around the city. We are also available to assist interns in finding affordable housing once they are accepted into the program. However, CWA does not provide housing.
It is wise to look into your options early in order to be prepared for living costs and housing application deadlines. We recommend exploring your options at the time of application or soon thereafter.
Click here for a comprehensive list of housing resources.
Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from CWA’s national office each day. CWA’s headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., and is within walking distance of the Braddock Road Metro stop. We also have a few free parking spots at our headquarters that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Carpooling with other CWA interns is also an option.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (www.wmata.com) provides a convenient network of bus and subway transportation in the D.C.-metro area that also connects riders with independent bus services in the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Some Metro stations have parking to making commuting from outside the city easy.
CWA is a professional office, and we require staff and interns to dress appropriately and professionally. For women, dresses, suits, skirt and blouse, or business/dress pants may be worn with sweater sets or with a coordinating jacket Monday through Thursday. Open-toed shoes with a heel strap are appropriate (No flip-flops or sandals, please!). For men, dress shirts and slacks, or suits/sport coats and slacks, should be worn Monday through Thursday. However, men should always have a coat and tie available to them in case of unexpected appointments or media appearances. The office allows business casual attire on Fridays. For women, this means business casual wear, pants (including dressy dark-wash denim jeans), blouses or other appropriate tops, and Capri or cropped pants (below knee and above ankle). For men, business casual wear, dressy dark-wash denim jeans and short-sleeved dress/sport shirts (no polo shirts) are permitted.
Winter: Highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s Spring: Highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s Summer: Highs in the 90s, lows in the 60s Fall: Highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s