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Washington Semester Program - American University


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Established in 1947, the Washington Semester Program pairs academic and experiential learning with an internship at one of Washington D.C.'s many influential institutions. Local, national and global experts lead immersive seminars in which students explore key issues in a variety of fields. Students witness first-hand now non-profits, businesses, government agencies and international organizations turn theory into practice.

This program allows students the opportunity to pursue study and an internship in our nation's capital in the following academic concentrations (note that not all are available every semester): American Politics, Global Economics & Business, Foreign Policy, International Law and Organizations, Journalism and New Media, Justice and Law, and Sustainable Development .

This combination of academic and experiential learning is designed so that the academic work complements the internship component. Three days per week, students participate in seminars taught by Washington Semester professors who host professionals from the student's field of study.

Two days per week, students participate in an internship relevant to their course of study. Students also have the option to complete a research project or to enroll in an elective course at American University.

Prerequisite: depending on program theme, at least two courses in an appropriate field.
Credits: 4.5.
Period: one semester (Fall or Winter/Spring).
Program advisor: Professor Andrew Civettini

Learn more about the Washington Semester Program.

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