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Semester Program

When summer in Washington ends, the flood of interns becomes a trickle. Penn in Washington Semester is a fantastic opportunity for students with an interest in public policy to live, learn, and work in the nation’s center of politics while everyone else is on campus.

Advantages of the semester program:

  • Less competition for prestigious internships means you have to apply to fewer internships than you would for the summer and your odds of getting your top choice are substantially greater.
  • High caliber courses will be taught by policy experts who are well known in Washington and beyond.  Course scheduling will accommodate demanding internships. All courses are Penn courses; no transferring of credits necessary, and most majors accept our courses.
  • An intensive orientation to Washington at the beginning of the semester provides multiple opportunities to meet fascinating policymakers and solid preparation for your internship experience. Orientation will typically include meetings with senior alumni, lectures, and tours at the Supreme Court, Congress, State Department and the White House.
  • Washington Semester is affordable; financial aid applies, and students are eligible for the $1,500 Penn in Washington Semester Fellowship. Housing costs in Washington are equivalent to housing costs at Penn.
  • A small cohort makes a highly personalized, fully supported program possible. All accepted students receive a copy of Washington Internships and a high level of individualized assistance during the internship application process. Staff are available throughout the semester to ensure a rich and productive term.

Please visit our pages for further details on the structure of the semester, course offerings, housing, the internship application process, and comments from past participants. When you are ready, our application page answers any questions you have about the program’s application process and you can also complete the application here.