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Program Updates

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

Application period for the 2015-2016 academic year will open after Spring Break 2015. You are welcome to attend drop-in office hours to learn more about the program.

Learn more about the program and students.


Program Snapshot

Learn how to work toward solutions and effect change in the public service sector.

Develop insight into public policy and gain professional experience in Washington, D.C.

Open to students from all majors, this yearlong program combines a fall subject-based seminar course taught by industry experts, with a spring internship for college credit.

Field trips, out-of-class events, and conversations with policy leaders deepen an understanding of the federal government and policymaking.

Professional development workshops help students navigate the internship search process and prepare for future careers.

Policy Concentrations

Federal Semester students pursue one of the following concentrations:  

  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Foreign Policy (Go to Global Semester in Washington, D.C., our sister program, which has three terrific options for you next year)
  • Public Health Policy (not offered 2014-2015; come by our office to talk about other ways to engage in the program next year!)

Anyone considering a career in public service or interested in learning first-hand about the federal government is encouraged to apply.

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