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Program Updates

Applications available here for the 2015-2016 academic year! Rolling Admissions.

Next application check-in date is Friday, June 12!

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

Learn more about the program and students.

(NEW!) Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, students who successfully complete program requirements will earn a "Federal Semester Fellow" notation on their transcript!

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
  • Public Health Policy (returning for 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Foreign Policy (Go to Global Semester in Washington, D.C., our sister program, which has three terrific options)

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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