Annenberg in Washington

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Are you a Comm major (or someone who will declare by May, 2018) interested in Annenberg in Washington? Fill in this form and we'll keep you informed about the AIW application process. We also will notify you of opportunities, events, and upcoming deadlines. 

Annenberg in Washington (AIW) is pleased to announce competitive funding available to Communication majors for internships in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2018.  

AIW is administered through the Annenberg School’s Institute for Public Service (IPS) and runs from late May/early June through mid-August.

  • Up to ten Communication majors are awarded funds each year. Read about the students who participated in AIW 2017.
  • Current Communication majors and students who will declare the major by the end of Spring semester 2018 are eligible to begin the application process for AIW during Fall 2017.
  • Preference is given to majors who have declared the Communication and Public Service (ComPS) concentration.
  • Students who accept offers of unpaid or underpaid internships are eligible for a stipend of up to $6,000 for internships lasting a minimum of nine weeks. Students will receive three payments of up to $2,000 at the end of May, June, and July. All stipends are taxable, according to US law.  
  • Students may opt to receive course credit for their internships by enrolling in either the Summer or Fall semester of COMM 491 (tuition required).
  • Students are encouraged to begin their internship search as soon as possible this Fall, and to apply for AIW funding while in the process of securing an internship.

Students should apply for AIW funding once they have begun to apply for Summer internships in Washington, D.C. Applications may be made before any internship offers are in hand. Initial review of applications and interviews will begin early in Spring semester, and will continue on a rolling basis through April 15, 2018. Selected students will be officially eligible for funding awards only when their formal internship offers are received and accepted. Stipends will be dispersed only when a formal contract with the internship organization is finalized.

For assistance in identifying an internship, the Penn in Washington program maintains a database of internships in Washington D.C. Dr. Dierdre Martinez, Director of Penn in Washington, can also advise students one-on-one about finding an internship. Click here to make an appointment with her. 

Students who need assistance or have questions about AIW should contact Dr. Susan Haas, Internship Coordinator.


Questions related to declaring the major or the funding process should be directed to Alison Feather,, Director of Student Services and Registrar.