Frequently Asked Questions

Will I earn credit towards my major core requirement by participating in the USF in DC program?

The USF in DC internship component of our program fulfills core USF Community Engaged Learning requirement for students across all majors. Currently, as other USF in DC courses are offered through the Politics department, these courses typically count as elective credit for other departments. Please contact the Leo T. McCarthy Center for more information.

Where will I live and how much does housing cost?

The Leo T. McCarthy Center will assist students in identifying convenient housing options close to the Capitol, internship sites, and the University of California Washington Center. While students are responsible for housing fees, Washington, D.C. housing options are comparable to USF and San Francisco living costs. Students also have access to D.C.’s Metro transportation system for quick and easy travel to their respective internship sites and key destinations in D.C.

I do not have much professional experience so far; how will I secure an internship?

Our program is open to students with a range of professional, campus involvement, and volunteer experiences. Students will have access to USF resources in drafting cover letters and resumes, and will also receive support while identifying possible organizations students will apply to as they search for internship placements. Professor Ken Goldstein (USF Politics faculty member) and Leo T. McCarthy Center staff will provide ongoing student support throughout the DC experience.