Baylor bears make their mark at the nation’s capital

Rory Pitts, a junior political science major from Sacramento, is currently in Washington D.C. and interning for the Helsinki Commission. Photo courtesy of Rory Pitts.

Baylor students have the new and unique opportunity to study and work in the nation’s capital. The Baylor in Washington semester program allows students to earn credit hours while also completing a fulltime internship, in different professional fields, simultaneously.

“Each Semester Program student will work in an internship in Washington, D.C. within the field of their choice. The program structure allows students to work nearly full-time in their internship, which increases their chances of securing some of the most competitive internships.” according to the Baylor in Washington website.

In addition to the internship, each student will conduct their own research project and paper on a topic of their choice. This research project will earn them three credit hours and will serve as a professional writing piece for future endeavors.

Rory Pitts, a junior political science major from Sacramento, is currently in Washington D.C. on the Baylor semester program. Pitts is interning for the Helsinki Commission, a US government agency that promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation in 57 countries in Europe, Eurasia, and North America. Pitts is a Max Kampelman fellowship intern and will be helping with legislative drafting.

“I think the D.C. program will help me differentiate what I want to do because it really bridges those professional gaps,” said Pitts. “I think this program is great, there is a wide variety of people here from a lot of different backgrounds and the program did a good job of providing variety to get a perspective.”

Briann Bardsley, an international studies major from Dallas, is interning at the Religious Freedom Institute, and will be working with the North Africa team to conduct research, event plan, and coordinate other activities.

“The program directors have done a wonderful job of giving us multiple opportunities to meet with Baylor alum in the DC area to ask questions about their career, life, and the political atmosphere here,” said Bardsley.

All undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply for the program. The student program fee is $4,800 and the refundable housing department fee is $200. Students are responsible for most meals and any incidentals but transportation and housing is included in the fees. To be eligible for the program you must be an undergraduate, entering at least the second semester of your sophomore year, and have a GPA of a 3.0 or higher.

To apply for the program, submit a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation, and a degree audit under the “Apply Now!” tab on the website. The Fall 2019 priority deadline is March 1st by 5:00 p.m. and the final deadline is April 19 by 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the Baylor in Washington program visit,