One of the most frequently asked questions we get from students is how will they be matched to the right internship. Check out this video to hear members of our team explain how the process works.
The office on internship site relations is comprised of two different teams essentially. We have one team that focuses on the site relations, essentially assuring our internship sites are given an attentive internship matching process and really building the relationships we have with our network.
We also have the internship advisors, which focus on our students and making sure they have a really transformative experience, both pre-arrival and when they are in the internship.
The entire process begins after they are accepted into The Washington Center. We send an email to them asking them to schedule a time to speak with myself or one of the other internship advisors. During that meeting, we spend about 30 minutes what they want to do eventually, what they want to do here for their internship, and also some of the skills they want to develop. We take that information as well as their application materials and combine it all into identifying what kind of organizations to send them out to.
Our main guiding principles are to make sure we have a very intentional matching process to make sure that we are understanding what the student and what the site are wanting in both an intern candidate and as an internship. We find out what the student is looking for, we find out what the site is looking for, and then we come together to make that match.
D.C. has so many internships that are very competitive, and The Washington Center has access to a network of hundreds of organizations that we can open up for the students.
We’re always looking for organizations that are going to provide that transformative experience for our students. We work with organizations that have good work for the students to do, something that is more than getting coffee or making copies. Projects they can call their own. Projects they can see from start to finish.
One of the biggest advantages of working with The Washington Center is that D.C. has so many internships that are very competitive, and The Washington Center has access to a network of hundreds of organizations that we can open up for the students. But also they have a great network of support through their internship advisors to make sure that they felt supported throughout the process and that they feel prepared for the workplace.