The Washington Semester
Fall 2021 Virtual Washington Semester
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Participate in a VIRTUAL WASHINGTON SEMESTER during the Fall 2021 semester! The program is open to Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs (MIA), or Master of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA) students.
- Gain unique insight into the public policy process through online academic coursework and an intensive virtual 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 online courses taught 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)
- Virtually network with policymakers and thought leaders and participate in virtual tours of historical landmarks.
- PAF 9615: Who Makes Policy? (3 credits)
- PAF 9115: Political Dynamics (3 credits)
- PAF 9192 Fellowship in Public Affairs (6 credits); a high-value VIRTUAL internship experience that requires each student to remotely work a minimum of 28 hours per week for 15 weeks in a government agency, congressional office, or nonprofit organization
Virtual internship placements are matched with each student’s level of preparation and career goals. Previous in-person placements include:
- Virtual guest lectures from leading well-known journalists, top administrators, and key policymakers
- Virtual museum visits
- Virtual cultural and networking events
- Access to academic and student support services remotely throughout the semester
Students selected to participate in the VIRTUAL Washington Semester will be eligible to receive a $1,000 Marxe Study Away Award upon successful completion of the semester and participation in all networking activities.
Applications are due by 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 at the start of the fall semester, be in good standing with no blocks on their student record and hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.
- All qualifying applicants will be asked to interview online via Zoom with the Washington Semester faculty
- Students will be notified of their selection by April 15 followed by online interview via Zoom with the Marxe Dean’s Office. Final selection and offer agreement from the Marxe Dean’s Office will be sent by May 15
- Once students receive their formal acceptance, they will be registered for the Washington Semester courses by Marxe Advisement
- Accepted students must pay Baruch College tuition and fees for 12-credits and remain enrolled for 12-credits during the fall semester
- Students may firstname.lastname@example.org hold a Graduate Assistant position while participating in the VIRTUAL Washington Semester program.
- Accepted students must contact Professor Michael Feller for their VIRTUAL internship placement. It is not possible for students to arrange VIRTUAL internships without his authorization