Semester in Washington
The Semester in Washington, DC 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 choose to study in one of six academic areas -- Politics and Public Policy; International Relations; Law, Politics and Legislation; International Commerce and Trade; Journalism, Politics and the Media; -- offer three components:
Summer 2013 Program Dates: June 3-July 26
Fall 2013 Program Dates: August 28-December 19
Spring 2014 Program Dates: January 8- May 10
Students spend several days per week in an internship in the metro DC 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.