Experiential Learning Grants

Experiential Learning Grants

The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs offers a limited number of Experiential Learning Grants (ELGs) to offset the cost of summer experiential learning activities for political science and international studies majors. The selection process is competitive. Grant awards range from $250 to $1,500 for experiential learning activities that directly relate to public affairs. Grants may be used for reimbursable expenses related to experiential learning (transportation, food, housing, etc). Please note, this program does not pay tuition or fees, or cover lost wages. Grants will not be awarded for language study or study abroad.


1)   Applicants must be currently enrolled students at Washington College and rising sophomores, juniors or seniors in International Studies or Political Science. Recently graduates are not eligible to apply.

2)   Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good social and academic standing at the College.

3)   Students must have been accepted to an internship, voluntary position or approved credit-bearing activity at the time of application. 


1)   Interested students should submit a one page, single-spaced essay about their experiential learning activity to Dr. Christine Wade. The essay should include a description of the activity and the organization, the learning goals of the activity, and a detailed explanation of how this activity supports the Goldstein mission of promoting awareness in public affairs.

2)   Students may apply for up to $1,500 in reimbursable expenses. A detailed budget must accompany the essay.

3)   Students must provide a letter or email confirming their acceptance to their experiential learning activity.

4)   Students who receive other sources of funding available for summer internships (such as Cater Society grants or internship scholarships) must disclose the amount and source of funding in their applications.

5)   Awardees agree to share their experience with students at an event during the following academic year.