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The Talent Lab at FIU in Washington, D.C. is a comprehensive program to ensure success for  FIU students seeking to pursue a short-term DC experience, full-semester internship in Washington, or career in the capital after graduation!  The Talent Lab consists of several components:

Talent Lab Prep Network

Talent Lab Prep is a network of FIU students with aspirations of making an impact in Washington, D.C. Sign up for the network below, by letting us know more about your ambitions, interests, skills, and knowledge.

You will then begin to receive email announcements of DC-based internship and job opportunities, as well as Miami-based events, scholarships, fellowships, and short-term DC fly-ins to network with potential employers. know more about your ambitions, interests, skills, and knowledge.

Miami-based or online student with an interest in Washington?


Talent Lab Cohort

The Talent Lab Cohort consists of higly-motivated FIU students interning in Washington, D.C. each semester.  Regardless of how you found your internship or where you are interning in the District, take a few minutes to tell us about yourself via our Talent Lab Cohort Onboarding Form, so we can welcome you to our DC Panther community.  Cohort members receive weekly annoucements of exclusive networking opportunities around the capital, commit to participation in our Talent Lab Impact Series and have access the state-of-the-art Ruth & Glenn Hamilton Suite (more information below).

FIU student with a confirmed internship placement in Washington?


The Talent Lab Impact Serbeya-vr.pngies is a series of academic, cultural, professional development, and networking programs that are scheduled each and every semester for students and recent graduates spending a few months or longer in Washington for an internship, fellowship, or similar experience.  With programs taking place at FIU in DC, site visits around town, alumni, industry, and political guest speakers, and a book group, each experience is designed to add value to your semester in D.C. which help you ensure that your internship sets you up for future success.  In most cases, the Impact Series will also be broadcast online so that any student can benefit from valuable programming.

Ruth & Glenn Hamilton Suite

The Talent Lab's Ruth & Glenn Hamilton Suite at FIU in DC is a bright and modern hub, blending the energy of South Florida with the action of the nation's capital.   The suite provides a platform for our students, alumni, faculty researchers, and partners to engage with national thought leaders, co-work, and take advantage of academic opportunities.  Our 3,500 square-foot state-of-the-art venue is located a few short blocks from the U.S. Capitol, has cutting-edge technology such as 3D printers and Virtual Reality equipment, and has ample space to study, meet with fellow interns, and plan how you will make the most out of your time in DC.

The Spring 2020 Talent Lab Cohort

28 students and recent graduates are completing an internship in Washington, D.C. this semester.  Placements are varied including:

  • Facebook
  • U.S. House of Representatives & U.S. Senate
  • Government Accountability Office
  • United Way
  • Library of Congress
  • Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
  • South Florida Media Network - DC Bureau

Our students are preparing for careers in public policy, communications, and public service.  We have prepared a core professional development program, including Talent Lab Impact Series programs such as:

  • Campaign Work: Young Professionals' Perspective
  • Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Entrepreneurship & Emerging Technology
  • Business & Professional Communications

Cohort members also receive one-year student membership to the DC chapter of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.


Questions about internships and student success programs at FIU in DC, including housing options and in-town transportation guidance, can be directed to Eric Feldman, Associate Director of Student Success and Academic Programs, at

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FIU in DC made sure that each of us interning students in DC made the most out of our time there. They organized panel discussions and social events, and went out of their way to connect us to the right people in our respective industries. In a place away from home, FIU in DC made us feel home. I'm grateful to the staff there for their unrelenting help and support while I was in D.C.Hatim Bukhari