Semester in Washington, D.C. Program

The Spring 2021 Semester in D.C. Program will be remote. Applications are due on Oct. 1, 2020.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, internships and classes for the Spring 2021 Semester in D.C. Program will be conducted remotely. To apply or to ask questions, email .


The Colin Powell School's Washington, D.C. Semester Program offers students an outstanding opportunity to work at a government agency or nonprofit organization in the nation's capital. Due to the ongoing pandemic, internships and classes in the Spring 2021 semester will be virtual. The program includes two special courses designed just for participants, as well as a series of guest lectures and networking events.

►   Enjoy a first-hand, resume-building experience in public service.

►   Participate in an enriching program of classes, lectures, and cultural activities.

►   Earn up to 9 academic credits.

Semester in DC

Program Requirements

>    Attend a series of workshops on professional development during the Fall 2020 semester.
>    Complete a full-time internship (about 20 or 30 hours/week) in public service. Students will look for their own internships with support from program advisors. Internships must be in a government agency, a multilateral or nonprofit organization, or social enterprise.
>    Complete two political science courses taught by Washington, D.C. practitioners.
>    Attend guest lectures, events, and other activities organized by the program.


Download the Application Form
Completion of these two online classes is mandatory:

•    PSC 31508  (3 Credits)
     Power, Inequality, and Social Policy

This course examines the development of the American welfare state and current conflicts and debates about its performance and future. Students will work on a brief about some element of social policy currently under debate in Washington, D.C.

•    PSC 33000-S  (3 Credits)
     Politics and Washington, D.C. 

This course examines primary Washington D.C. governmental, political, and press entities and their relationships. The class will operate through lectures, work experience, and seminars with Washington D.C. practitioners. Students will learn how the major governmental, political, and media organizations in Washington function, the roles they play, and the impact they have on public policy processes.

Registering for the following online course is optional:

•    PSC 37201  (3 Credits)
     HYB Internship Seminar

This online seminar runs parallel to your internship and looks into management in public service, leadership styles, and organizational dynamics. Completion of your internship is mandatory, but registering for credits is optional.


•    Open to full-time, undergraduate CCNY students from any school or major
•    International students and non-citizens are welcome to apply
•    GPA of 3.0 or better
•    At least 60 credits, but open to all class levels that may qualify
•    Demonstrated interest in national or international affairs, or American politics

How to Apply

Please email your application to by 5 pm on Oct. 1, 2020. Completed applications must include:

•    Application Form
•    A one-page, single-spaced essay explaining your interest in policy-making, international affairs, or American politics, and articulating why you wish to get a virtual internship 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, international affairs, or policy making. Please advise your recommenders to email their letters to by Oct. 1, 2020.
•    A resume
•    A transcript (can be an unofficial copy)

Got Questions?
Check our Application Guidelines
More questions?  
E-mail Akasha Solis at