Semester in Washington, DC Program


As part of Georgetown's Semester in Washington Program, students studying politics and public affairs gain insider access to the seat of democracy and witness the inner-workings of American government. The Semester in Washington Program in Politics and Public Policy draws on the strengths of the nation's capital and Georgetown University to create an unparalleled learning experience.

The program enables students to examine first-hand the complex issues facing today's political decision makers, along with the forces that drive policy in Washington. Guest speakers who are leaders in their fields teach students about political parties, public opinion, and current issues in the national debate.

Over the course of the summer semester, students closely examine political campaigns, current legislative priorities, and emerging political issues. Semester in Washington students also take to the Hill, meeting with key legislative staff, policy-makers, federal agents, White House personnel, and elected officials. Conversations with powerful interest groups, lobbyists, and policy experts complete the picture.

Seminars led by Georgetown faculty and small-group discussions provide in-depth insight into the nature of politics. Internships allow students to put knowledge to action and gain valuable hands-on experience with a leading Washington employer. In the accompanying internship class, students mix theory with practice, reach beyond the work at their selected organizations, and reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society.

Summer Semester Structure

Internship and Academic Seminar (3 credits total)

  • Internship: Mondays through Fridays (all day)
  • Academic Seminar: Once a week, in the morning 

Research Seminar (3 credits)

  • Once a week, in the evening

In total, students earn 6 credits in the summer Semester in Washington Program. (Please note enrollment guidelines for international students.)

Summer Semester Costs

For tuition rates, please visit our admissions section.

To apply on-line, click here. To submit a print application packet, click here.

To view our Frequently Asked Questions page, click here.

For more information on the internship component of the program, please click here.


Politics and Public Policy - Summer
International Relations - Summer
Law, Legislation and Politics - Summer
Religion and Political Culture - Summer


International Relations: Research Seminar
Politics and Public Policy: Academic Seminar


International Relations: Research Seminar
Politics and Public Policy: Academic Seminar

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