Explore the Program
The Semester in Washington, D.C. Program at Georgetown University combines the extraordinary resources of the nation's capital with Georgetown's rich heritage, creating an unparalleled learning experience. By studying in one of the world's most culturally and politically vibrant cities, you will have a firsthand opportunity to examine the complex issues facing nations, organizations and decision makers today, along with the forces that drive policy and shape history.
Students will choose one of six academic areas as a concentration:
Digital Communications, New Media, and Social Change
Students will explore the array of strategic challenges involved with using technology and the Internet in government, social movements, and society in today’s changing world.
International Commerce and Trade
Through engaging group discussions, presentations, and meetings with D.C. business leaders, students will gain valuable insights into current opportunities and challenges facing the world’s marketplace.
Students will gain a broader global perspective as they analyze and discuss world affairs with international experts and leaders from both the public and private sectors.
Law, Legislation, and Politics
Working hand-in-hand with leaders in the legal field, students will enhance their understanding of legal issues and the legal profession in the city where legislation is crafted, debated, and enforced by some of the greatest minds in the land.
Politics and Public Policy
Through class discussions and meetings with key legislative staff, and elected officials, students will experience democracy in action in the nation’s capital while gaining an insider’s understanding of the complex elements shaping today’s political landscape.
Religion and Political Culture
Guided by the brightest minds in religious and political theory students will explore religion’s influence on policy making through seminars, group discussions, and unique opportunities to engage with some of D.C.’s leading lobbyists and key policy experts.
Each subject area offers three distinct components:
Students spend several days per week in an internship in the metro D.C. area and take the accompanying internship class. In the internship, students immerse themselves in a professional experience in a federal agency, an organization in the private sector, a lobbying organization, law firm, media outlet, public relations firm, public policy organization, or on Capitol Hill. Additionally, students reach beyond their work in their selected organizations in the accompanying internship class, where they reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society.
Students learn from assigned readings, lectures, and discussion groups that are unique to their program of study. They also participate in discussions with elected officials, policy-makers, and practitioners in the private and public sectors. The incorporation of leadership, ethics, and social justice are at the forefront of the academic seminar.
This seminar is a guided, independent research project offered exclusively to students. Students in the research seminar produce an original research paper that focuses on a topic from their content area and infuse concepts of applied ethics, leadership, or social justice into their work.