American Studies Program in Washington D.C.

The Capitol building

The Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
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Program Overview

The American Studies Program, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), is designed for juniors and seniors with a wide range of academic majors and vocational interests. Students are involved in the American Studies Program for periods of three or four months. The internship/seminar opportunity is available starting in September and in January.

The program was created to provide field experience and study opportunities in Washington, D.C., for diverse majors and personal interests. It is based on the principle of integrating faith, learning, and living through both a real-life work experience and a study program.

Students spend their time in Washington serving as interns, participating in a contemporary, issues-oriented seminar program, and living in a small Christian community. Internships are available in congressional offices, social service agencies, think tanks, cultural institutions, and many other organizations.


Only eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, ASP students live in the Dellenback Center, which houses seven student apartments, as well as an apartment for ASP’s on-site residence life staff. You’ll stay in a fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment for four to six students, complete with a well-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, and free local telephone and voicemail service.

Program Fees & Eligibility

You pay your regular George Fox tuition and room and board and continue to receive all of your financial aid. Due to the high cost of some programs, an additional fee may be charged. You are responsible for round-trip airfare. The fee does include emergency travel insurance.

To apply, you must be a full-time undergraduate student with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Application Process

Applying to the program is a two-step process, requiring that you complete both a George Fox and external site application. Visit the Application Page to get specific details. Once you’ve completed the George Fox application, we will provide you with information to apply to the American Studies Program.