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Off Campus Internship Programs

Four of Hope’s off campus domestic programs offer students the opportunity to earn internship credit. Through a structured and supportive environment these experiences challenge students to integrate their personal, academic, and professional lives in new and exciting ways.

The Philadelphia Center provides opportunities for professional exploration, intellectual development and personal growth in the heart of America's fifth-largest city. Our accredited program features field placements, seminars and independent living. Students select an internship from more than 800 placement opportunities and then design a Learning Plan that provides the structure for integrating work experience with educational, social and professional development objectives. Students earn 16 credits: eight from the internship and four for each course. Class topics currently offered include finance, social justice, architecture, psychotherapy, religion, Africanist perspective and senior seminar. Each fall and spring semester, 75-100 students with any major from liberal arts schools across the country participate in the program.

The Washington Honors Semester Program enables superior students from all disciplines to study in Washington, D.C. and to apply knowledge of their area as it relates to government and politics. Select junior and senior students will take a seminar on American government and politics, participate in group interviews with congressmen and legislative staff, executives, lobbyists, political party officials and journalists, intern for two six-week periods in Congress, the executive branch or with political interest groups and prepare extensive research papers upon their semester's work.

This program is designed to provide students seriously interested in the performing, visual and communication arts with a unique opportunity to be a part of the world of established professional artists in New York City. Students spend a semester as an apprentice to a producing artist or with an organization in the arts, supplemented with academic study. Resident staff members assist students in finding both apprenticeships and housing.

If you have questions about which program is right for you or how to go about earning academic credit for an off campus internship contact Sarah McCoy in the Office of Career Services.

For a complete list of domestic programs offered at Hope visit the International Education office.


The Chicago Semester draws students from Hope College and nine other Christian colleges in the Midwest. The program offers students a distinct opportunity to live, learn and work in America’s third largest city, while studying issues of urban life on a fully accredited program. The staff of the Chicago Semester combines advanced academic training and professional experience with years of living and working in the city. They provide support and guidance as students explore the possibilities and issues within an urban working world. Up to 16 hours of academic credit can be earned through the program, which includes a four day/week supervised internship and two seminars. The seminars currently offered complete the senior seminar, urban sociology, the 4-credit fine arts requirement and a second religion requirement as needed. Students representing nearly all college majors choose internships that fit their vocational or career goals. They select an internship from several options developed by the staff, interviewing at each before making a decision. Areas for internships include, but are not limited to, graphic design, theater, accounting, finance, business, human resources, advertising, public relations, marketing, event planning, health sciences, communications, social work, social services, student teaching, law, sports management and media.

In October 2002, the Chicago Semester received the Program of the Year award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).