Semester in Washington, DC Program

Experience Life in the Nation's Capital


Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Priority Application Deadlines: Summer 2016 Term

  • Friday, April 15 - for students who have not yet secured an internship
  • Friday, April 29 - for students who have independently secured an internship prior to applying

Partial scholarships are available to SWP applicants. The priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is May 1. Download application form.

Click here to learn more about how to apply.


Georgetown University’s Semester in Washington, D.C. Program (SWP) provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their professional skills and broaden their academic experience in the heart of the nation’s capital. This innovative program, offered during the summer semester, features a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience, where students have the opportunity to explore the vibrant political and cultural landscape of D.C.

SWP students will have an opportunity to either spend several days per week at an internship of their choice or take an elective course. Georgetown offers students a wide range of internship opportunities, including federal agencies, law firms, news organizations, nonprofits, public relations agencies, and many other reputable connections unique to Washington, D.C*

Students will choose one of six subject areas as a concentration for their internship and research study:

  • Digital Communications, New Media, and Social Change
  • International Commerce and Trade
  • International Relations
  • Law, Legislation, and Politics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Religion and Political Culture

In the classroom, students will hear guest lectures from international experts and business leaders, engage in stimulating group discussions, and explore current events. Throughout the course of the semester, students will also complete a guided independent research project, working closely with a Georgetown Research Advisor as they explore a topic of interest and apply the concepts they have learned.

Through rewarding internship opportunities, engaging classes, and a location in one of the world’s most influential cities, students in the Semester in Washington, D.C. Program will build their skills, expand their knowledge and take their academic experience to the next level. 


*Georgetown University degree-seeking students are not eligible to apply for the Semester in Washington Program unless they are graduating seniors.

*International students may be ineligible to receive Visa support to enroll in the optional internship. Students with questions about Visa and enrollment requirements should contact Anka Dadarlat, Assistant Dean for International Student & Scholar Services, for guidance.

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