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Public Service Management - The MPA Program at CCNY

Undergrad Programs


Spring 2016 Deadline is September 15, 2015 (Rolling Admission)

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 working for 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.

Program Benefits & Requirements

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 policy-making 

Earn 12 academic credits:

Complete two political science special courses (6 Credits): Classes are held in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the University of Delaware. Registration for these two classes is mandatory

  • 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.
  • 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. During the first part of the semester, the course will run as a regular seminar with readings and discussions. During the second half of the semester, students will work on a brief about some element of social policy currently under debate in Washington, D.C.

Participate in a full-time internship (3 credits): Students will look for their own full-time internships (at least 30 hours/week) with support from program advisors. Internships must be in a government agency or nonprofit organization. Completion of internship is mandatory, but registering for credits is optional

Complete an online professional development seminar (3 credits):  This 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.

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 policy-making 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 policy-making.
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Please email applications to Natalia Trujillo at or deliver hard copies to the program office in Shepard Hall, Room 1.


The early decision deadline for the Spring 2016 program is May 27, 2015.


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