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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Get Involved: Semester in DC

The Colin Powell Center in Washington, DC provides summer housing (see below), special guest lectures, and social and cultural events for students participating in internships in Washington, DC Students will have an opportunity to live and learn together, and to make the most of their summer in the nation's capital. The program provides housing (free of charge), and includes a (mandatory) weekly lecture / activity which may include guest speakers, networking events, and cultural outings.

Who It's For

To be eligible for The Powell Center in Washington Summer Program, students must be currently enrolled full time in a degree-granting program at any CUNY school.  While the program is open to students from any CUNY institution, preference will be given to students currently or previously enrolled in a fellowship program at the Colin Powell Center or pursuing a degree at the City College of New York.

Applicants must provide proof of an internship during their interview. Applicants may use the Internship Agreement attached to the application as an acceptable form of proof. All student interns are expected to remain in Washington DC for the duration of the program and participate in all Powell Center-related educational activities.

Housing Information
Housing will be provided by Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH).  All WISH housing is in the Capitol Hill district—blocks away from the U.S. Capitol. Powell Center in Washington (PCW) students will live in a single property with other PCW student interns.  All rooms are shared and buildings are coed by floor. PCW housing is free of charge and includes the following: furnished living space, utilities, household goods.Furnishings also include: cable TV, wireless internet access, full kitchens, cookware/dishware and appliances (microwave, toaster, coffeepot, etc.), free laundry, irons/ironing boards, monthly cleaning, social mixers, speakers, and 24-hour emergency staffing. Students provide bedding and towels. The property will have a Residence Coordinator (RC) living on site for the duration of the program. The RC will serve as the official university representative. The RC will be responsible for student conduct, administration and building management, emergency management, and residential education events.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session or to contact the Center with questions. For more information, call or email Colin Dixon, program coordinator, 212.650.8446 or