The Washington Semester
Application for The Washington Semester is currently closed.
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Participate in THE WASHINGTON SEMESTER during the Fall 2023 semester! The program is open to Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs (MIA), and Master of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA) students.
- Gain unique insight into the public policy process through the academic coursework and an intensive internship in legislative offices on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations.
- Students work full days Monday through Wednesday and a half-day on Thursday (at least 28 hours per week)
- Participate in courses taught in Washington D.C. in a seminar format by Baruch College faculty with extensive DC experience.
- Obtain 12 graduate-level credits toward the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs (MIA), or Master of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA)
- Experience everything the nation’s capital has to offer – network with policymakers and thought leaders and participate in tours of historical landmarks.
Information and deadlines below are given for reference only and will be updated in early 2024 for the Fall 2024 Washington Semester.
- PAF 9615: Who Makes Policy? (3 credits)
- PAF 9115: Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)
- PAF 9192 Fellowship in Public Affairs (6 credits); a high-value internship experience that requires each student to work a minimum of 28 hours per week for 15 weeks in a government agency, congressional office, or nonprofit organization
Internship placements are matched with each student’s level of preparation and career goals. Previous in-person placements include:
- Guest lectures from leading well-known journalists, top administrators, and key policymakers
- Access to academic and student support services remotely and in person throughout the semester
- Tours of national landmarks
- Museum visits (e.g., National Archives; Smithsonian: Air and Space, American Indian, etc.)
- Cultural & networking events
All students selected to participate in the Washington Semester receive individual Marxe Study Away Awards to cover the cost of housing at student housing residence arranged by the program.
Applications are due on March 31 and will be considered on a first-come basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged as the number of seats is limited. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum of 9 credits completed (with a grade) at the start of the fall semester, be in good standing with no blocks on their student record and hold a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Application for Fall 2024 Washington Semester will open in early 2024.
- All qualifying applicants will be asked to interview with the Washington Semester faculty followed by a meeting with a member of the Marxe Dean’s Office to ensure they understand the administrative requirements for Marxe Study Away programs.
- Interviews and meetings will be held in-person or via video conference service or telephone.
- Students will be notified of their selection by April 30 and will receive an offer agreement from the Marxe Dean’s Office.
- Once students receive their formal acceptance, they will be registered for the Washington Semester courses by the Marxe Advisement Team.
- Accepted students must pay Baruch College tuition and fees for 12-credits and remain enrolled for 12-credits during the fall semester.
- The receipt of a graduate assistantship and/or the LCU Scholarship is not permitted while in the Washington Semester program.
- Financial aid or other scholarships may be received, but students should contact the Baruch College Office of Financial Aid about their eligibility status.
- Accepted students must contact email@example.com for their internship placement. It is not possible for students to arrange internships without prior authorization.