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Undergrad Programs

Public Service Management - The MPA Program at CCNY

Undergrad Programs


Deadline for Spring 2017, is April 30 2016

Deadline has been extended to April 30. Please bring your complete application to Shepard 1.

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 first-hand, resume-building experience in public service

Earn 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, 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 theprogram

Completion of these two classes is mandatory:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Registering the following courses is optional:

  • 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 internship is mandatory, but registering for credits is optional.

Admissions Requirements

  • Open to full-time CCNY students from any major
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 60 credits (junior or senior status)
  • 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 pplication and supporting materials to Shepard 1. 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 do 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

Got Questions?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions
More questions?  E-mail  Natalia Trujillo at



Josh and Judy Weston Public Service Scholarships support undergraduates who work while studying. The program offers scholarships to students who commit to intern 400 hours per year in public service. The program is open to full-time CCNY students from all majors.

Deadline for Fall 2016, is March 30


  • Scholarship of $2,500 per semester
  • Career services and academic mentoring
  • Policy briefings and workshops
  • Preferred consideration for admission to the Master's Program in Public Administration, with possibility of tuition assistance.


  • Have and maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Be a full-time CCNY student with 60+ credit hours
  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in public service


  • Intern at a nonprofit organization, government agency, or social enterprise during the Fall and Spring semester
  • Complete minimum 200 hours of internship per semester
  • Complete 1 class per semester related to public policy, economics, research methods, or social entrepreneurship. See approved courses here.  
  • Attend a series of workshops on resume writing and professional development prior starting internship
  • Attend to workshops and  other meetings

Apply Here: Applications for the program are accepted in the Spring of each year. Deadline is March 30, 2016



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.

For more information on Undergraduate Programs please contact:

Natalia Trujillo, Managing Director
Shepard Hall Room 1