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Washington, DC, Internships

The College collaborates with American University's Washington Semester Program and with the Washington Internship Institute to make internships available in Washington, D.C.

To enroll in either program Duquesne University you register at Duquesne, pay Duquesne University's tuition, room and board fees, and Duquesne pays American Universtiy or the Washington Internship Institute. Interested applicants should read carefully the College's American University policies (pdf) and Washington Internship Institute policies (pdf) and the procedures that apply to both.

Students from the College have had good experiences with both programs, but they are different. In general, students at American University spend more time in classes and less time working in their internship than students at the Washington Internship Institute. Duquesne's fees cover the costs of the Washington Internship Institute, while students who go to American University generally must pay a premium above their costs at Duquesne, unless they earn a scholarship from American. (Scholarships are available, and the College encourages you to apply for them.)

Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship

Thomas MeladySpecial support is available to junior political science majors in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts for study at American University's Washington Semester program through the Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship if they aspire to careers in public service. Inspired by Duquesne University graduate, Mark Paoletta and his wife Patricia. Paoletta, formerly assistant general counsel to President George H.W. Bush and chief investigative counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives and now partner with the law firm of DLA Piper, was a longtime friend of Ambassador Melady.

Ambassador Thomas Melady served as U.S. ambassador to the African country of Burundi before becoming ambassador to Uganda in 1972, when the country was controlled by strongman Idi Amin. Burundi and Uganda are pictured in this eastern African map.

Eastern African MapHe later served as Ambassador to the Vatican working closely with Pope John Paul II. He was a 1950 graduate of Duquesne University.

To learn more about student's experience in Washington and to apply, please visit the College Office, room 212 College Hall.