Intern, live, and study is the heart of the nation's capital for the Spring Semester!
The Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. Program is a partnership among the Institute for
Public Administration, the UD Department of Political Science, and the Institute for Global Studies. The
program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to live in the heart of Washington, D.C.
for the spring semester while interning in a placement of their choice. The internship constitutes six-credit hours with another six credits provided for in-classroom experiences. These two, three-credit
classes are taught by Professor Mike Donilon of the Biden Institute and Professor Andrew Rich of
City College of New York and the Truman Foundation.
Past students have interned with
U.S. Senators Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), as well as
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.). Past students have also interned with the Supreme Court,
Amnesty International, NPR, advocacy and lobbying firms, and have staffed various Senate committees.
Each year, in addition to gaining valuable work experience, students also participate in a series of
information meetings, which offer them a unique insight into the Washington D.C. scene. Past
guests included a professional lobbyist, national political fundraiser, the founder and director of a
national children's advocacy group, the former head of the Social Security Administration, a
former U.S. Secretary of State, former CIA operative, and many more.
Acceptance is based on a written application—available below—and an in-person interview with the Washington,
D.C. Program's founder, Professor Edward Freel, and Program Coordinator Leann Moore.
The cost of each year's program will be listed under Washington D.C. on the Institute for Global
Studies webpage. The program cost is typically between $1,000-$2,000. This cost includes
housing, utilities, and a start-up metro card. The Institute for Global Studies and the Institute of
Public Administration offer scholarships for students interested in the program.
For more information about the Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. Program and available scholarship opportunities, contact Leann Moore.
Those with specific questions and concerns are encouraged to set up a one-on-one appointment with Leann Moore.