15 weeks of Washington Semester
- Week 1:
After settling in to the building, orientation will keep you busy for the first week of the semester. Your first course provides an introduction to Washington policymakers and includes meetings with senior alumni, a tour of Congress, a Supreme Court lecture, the Foreign Policy Classroom at the State Department, and a White House tour when possible. In addition to being prepared for your internship experience, by the end of orientation you will have been introduced to the various neighborhoods in Washington and you will be familiar with the various public transportation options.
- Weeks 2 through 11:
For the next ten weeks you will work four days a week (Monday through Thursday) at your internship placement and you will attend two of the three courses offered this semester. Each course is offered one night per week, two hours per class. There is a Leadership dinner mid-semester and there will be a few organized social events on the weekends but the focus for this middle period is your internship and the two courses.
- Week 12:
You will have a one week break after completion of your ten week internship period.
- Weeks 13 to 15:
In the final weeks of the semester you will conduct informational interviews and research as necessary to complete your course assignments and attend your final classes. Continuation in internships for these final two weeks is not recommended. Exit interviews with the program director will be conducted to ensure that we learn all that we can from your experience to make the program better every year.
“Great opportunity to gain work experience and have great balance between internship and class time.”
“Academic rigor and outstanding professors, which were conducive to developing new skills and knowledge.”
“Instructors helped students to incorporate knowledge and experiences from their internships into the classes.”
“Dual-experience of being in a professional work setting while also being a college student. Also, you gain valuable internship experience while completing education.”
“What I found most beneficial in the classroom that related to my internship were the discussions on current events and what was happening in DC, because it was something we could all relate to.”
“As a political science major, DC is probably the best place in the world to intern. Also, the availability of high level guest speakers was awesome.”