The Fund for American Studies sponsors six institutes for undergraduate students and one for law students in Washington, D.C. These Institutes prepare young people for leadership in the life of their communities and the nation by providing them with opportunities in the nation's capital for enlightenment and enrichment.
The institutes are intense, combining lectures, coursework, internships, evening lectures and site briefings at key institutions of national government. Each institute offers courses for academic credit. Through the internships, students gain practical experience that prepares them for their careers. Learn more about our U.S. Programs at www.DCinternships.org.
The Capital Semester Program (CS): Since 2003, Capital Semester has offered a combination of internships and coursework for credit all within one program each fall and spring. CS offers exclusive briefings and dialogues with national leaders, along with coursework in free-market principles and the ideas of a free society. In 2007, TFAS added a semester-long component focused on political journalism. In 2016, the Leadership and The American Presidency program was added to the fall semester program curriculum. Students participating in Capital Semester Fall programming can now choose from International Affairs and Public Policy, Leadership and The American Presidency or Political Journalism tracks of study. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/CS.
Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES): The oldest TFAS program, ICPES was established in 1970 and is intended for students interested in careers in government, public policy and academia. This program offers students a thorough examination of the American political tradition and market economics through comparative study. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/ICPES.
Institute on Economics and International Affairs (IEIA): IEIA was established in 2008. Students attending the program intend to pursue careers in foreign affairs, economics or international development. Academic study is focused on current foreign policy issues, political trends and free-market economics. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/IEIA.
Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ): The quality of public discourse in a free society depends on the accuracy of information provided by the media. In 1985, IPJ was established to help create a new generation of journalists who understand free-market principles and the foundations of a free society. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/IPJ.
Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA): Established in 1990, IBGA explores the practical and theoretical questions surrounding the dynamic business-government relationship. Students examine the economic and political issues that shape how business and government interact as well as the importance of representing the interests of business before Congress. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/IBGA.
Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS): Established in 1999, IPVS educates students about the American traditions of philanthropy and individual responsibility in order to encourage the vibrant, private efforts that are the true American response to those in need. The Institute works to reinforce a sense of individual responsibility for one's own future and cultivates an appreciation for the primacy of privately led philanthropy. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/IPVS.
Legal Studies Institute (LSI): Established in 2007, LSI gives law school students first-hand exposure to the American legal system through legal clerkships, academic coursework, networking opportunities and career development activities. The program helps students fully understand issues of constitutional interpretation and the roles of the judiciary and federal government. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/LSI.
Leadership and The American Presidency (LTAP): Established in 2016, LTAP is a new program offered in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. The program is designed to define and strengthen students' leadership skills while teaching lessons from the American presidency. Through hands-on simulations, case studies and creative teaching methods, students examine some of the greatest leadership challenges in the history of our country: from George Washington and the Revolutionary War, to JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to Ronald Reagan urging Secretary Gorbachev to "tear down this wall.” The LTAP program is also offered in the fall semester as part of the Capital Semester program at TFAS. Learn more at www.DCinternships.org/LTAP.