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Public Service Management - The MPA Program at CCNY

Undergrad Programs


The Colin Powell School's Semester in Washington, D.C. Program offers students an outstanding opportunity to live, work, and study in the nation's capital. Students spend the spring semester in Washington, D.C. working for a government agency or nonprofit organization and complete 12 credits, including two special courses designed just for them and taught in D.C. The program also provides a series of guest lectures, organizes cultural activities, and sponsors networking events.

Program Benefits & Requirements

  • Participate in a full-time internship and a related special project (6 credits)
  • Complete two special courses about US and international politics and policymaking (6 credits)
  • Earn at least 12 credits and remain a full-time student
  • Live with other students in special housing provided in a prime residential neighborhood in D.C. (Housing costs are covered by the program.)
  • Attend an enriching program of lectures and cultural activities
  • Enjoy first-hand, resume-building experience in policymaking

Admissions Requirements

  • Open to full-time CCNY students from any major
  • GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Demonstrated ability to cover some living expenses in D.C. (Limited stipends are available.)
  • Demonstrated interest in national and international affairs
  • At least 60 credits (junior or senior status)

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • A one-page essay explaining your interest in American politics and policymaking and articulating why you wish to spend a semester in Washington, D.C.
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor that attests to your interest in American politics or policymaking.
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Submit BOTH a digital and hard copy of the application. Please email applications to Natalia Trujillo at and deliver a hard copy to the program office in Shepard Hall, Room 1.


The deadline for the Spring 2015 program is October 31, 2014.


For more than 30 years, the Rosenberg/Humphrey program has helped students learn about public policy through internships in Washington, DC and New York City.

The program, founded by Marvin Rosenberg (Class of 1928) and inspired by the public service career of Hubert Humphrey, offers students admitted to the Washington Semester Program a stipend of $1,000.  Generous donations from David Rosenberg and others have helped  generations of CCNY students build a deeper understanding of the public issues that confront the nation and the world and to help leave their community a better place through their intern service.  Washington Semester students may apply through the program director.


Josh and Judy Weston Public Service Scholarships support undergraduates who work while studying. The program pays students who commit to performing 400 hours per year of public service. The program is open to full-time juniors and seniors from all majors.


  • Scholarship of $2,500 per semester
  • Career services and academic mentoring
  • Policy briefings and workshops
  • Preferred consideration for admission to graduate study in the PSM program, with possibility of tuition assistance.


  • Students must demonstrate a sincere interest in public service
  • Students must be full-time CCNY juniors or seniors
  • Students must complete 200 hours of community service per semester
  • Students must complete a public-policy minor
  • Students must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Internships must be in government agencies or nonprofit organizations
  • Students must attend workshops, lectures, and meetings organized by the Public Service Management Program
Apply Here: Applications for the program are accepted in the Spring of each year. The deadline for fall admissions is March 15, 2015.

For more information please contact:

Natalia Trujillo, Managing Director
Shepard Hall Room 1