KACIF Internship Support

Allowing GW students to pursue unpaid internships free of financial constraints

KACIF OPens Doors


So much of the GW student experience is shaped by our location in Washington, D.C. Each year, hundreds of students take advantage of the superior realworld education and training that GW provides through its numerous internship opportunities, but the financial burden associated with internships can be challenging.

The Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) keeps many students from deciding between a once-in-a-lifetime internship and a part-time job for financial purposes.  KACIF internship grants encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic growth, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships.

For students who can't afford an unpaid internship, KACIF is the difference between a dull summer job and the learning experience of a lifetime.

UPDATE: More than 1,346 donors made a gift in June 2018 to unlock $100,000 from GW Trustees Scott Amey, MS '75, his wife Debbie, and Steve Ross, BBA '81 for the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund. Together, this will enhance the GW experience and assist approximately 76 ADDITIONAL students take on internships this upcoming academic year.

Thank you!


Ashley Le, KACIF recipient

Ashley Le, CCAS

KACIF Internship Recipient

"In the summer of 2017, I had the honor to join a team of world-changers at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) regional office in D.C.  I was part of the Public Information team, the unit responsible for all communications efforts between the UNHCR and US media outlets, and on World Refugee Day (June 20), I found myself directly involved in organizing the UNHCR’s annual celebration event at the Kennedy Center.

The internship at UNHCR not only led me to discover the intersection of my passion and the need of the world, but it also provided me with further opportunities for professional development. In the Fall 2017 semester, I embarked on my study abroad journey in Jerusalem, while also continuing my service at the United Nations at UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees."