Semester in Washington, D.C. Program

Deadline for Spring 2021, have been pushed back in response to COVID-19: 

We are following the guidelines and restrictions of the CDC and their advisements, so currently our deadlines for this program will be TBD. We will not be accepting applications at the time, but please feel free to submit your questions to -


The Colin Powell School's Washington, D.C. Semester 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, organizes cultural activities, and sponsors networking events.


About the Program

  • Live with other students in housing 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 a first-hand, resume-building experience in public service.
  • Earn up to 12 academic credits.


Program Requirements

  • Attend a series of workshops on professional development prior to moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Live in Washington D.C. during the Spring Semester (end of January, through the end of May).
  • Complete a full-time 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 non-profit organization, or social enterprise.
  • Complete two political science courses taught in Washington, D.C. 
  • Attend guests lectures, events, and other activities organized by the program.


Completion of these two classes is mandatory (in person):


PSC 31508 - Power, Inequality, and Social Policy (3 credits): 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 - Politics and Washington, DC (3 Credits): This course examines primary Washington D.C. governmental, political, and press entities and their relationships. The class will operate through lectures, work experience, field trips 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 the following courses is optional (all online):


PSC 31131 - Professional Development Seminar (3 credits): This online seminar is designed to help you create an action-oriented career road-map 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. Registration is optional.


PSC 37201- HYB Internship Seminar (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 - Working and Learning in Washington, D.C. (3 credits): 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.


Admissions Requirements

  • Open to full-time CCNY students from any major.
  • Must be a student of CCNY.
  • International students can apply.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • 60 credits, but open to all class levels that may qualify.
  • Demonstrated interest in national or international affairs, or American Politics.
  • Demonstrated ability to cover some living expenses in D.C. (Limited stipends are available).


How to Apply

Please drop off your application and supporting materials to NAC Building, 6/141. Complete applications include:

  • Application Form
  • A one-page essay explaining your interest in policy-making, international affairs, or American politics; and articulating why you wish to spend a semester in Washington, D.C.
  • A paragraph explaining how you plan to cover your living and transportation expenses while in Washington, D.C. The program covers housing costs.
  • 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.
  • Resume
  • Transcript (can be an unofficial copy)


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