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 interning at a government agency or nonprofit organization while completing 12 credits, including two special courses designed just for them and taught in D.C. The program also provides a series of guest lectures, cultural activities, and networking events.
This program is a partnership between the Colin Powell School and the University of Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration. Participants from both universities take required classes together.
► Live, work, and study in Washington, D.C.
► Enjoy a first-hand, resume-building experience in public service.
► Participate in an enriching program of classes, lectures, and cultural activities.
► Earn up to 12 academic credits.
> Live, work, and study in Washington D.C. during the Spring 2022 semester.
> Complete an internship (at least 28 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 mandatory political science courses taught by Washington, D.C. practitioners. Three optional courses are also offered.
> Attend guest lectures, events, and other activities organized by the program.
Completion of these two 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 courses is optional:
• PSC 31131 (3 Credits)
Professional Development Seminar
This online seminar is designed to help you create an action-oriented career roadmap related to your field of interest. Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to assess your skills, explore career options, set career- oriented goals, build your network, and develop a professional pitch.
• PSC 37201-HYB (3 Credits)
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.
• PSC 31005 (3 Credits)
Working and Learning in Washington, D.C.
This course examines the government, politics, and the press—and their relationships—through lectures and field trips. Students will attend a series of lectures; they will be exposed to guests who are leaders in each sector; and they will participate in a series of site visits at agencies and offices around Washington, D.C.
• 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 by the end of Fall 2021, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on the deadline. 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 an 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 email@example.com by the deadline.
• A resume
• A transcript (can be an unofficial copy)
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