Washington Semester 2014
We are very pleased to announce the upcoming session of the Washington Semester, Extended Summer Session 2014
Our first Information Session will be held in Room 200 of the Architecture Annex as follows:
Tuesday, October 1, 12:30p-1:30p
Washington Semester is open to all Virginia Tech students, regardless of major, who have earned a minimum of 60 credits and are in good academic standing. Enrollment is limited to 18 participants.
Application deadline (early decision) is December 2, 2013.
Final application deadline is February 3, 2014.
Please visit our website and Facebook pages for more information:
Updates to the website will be made as the information becomes available.
Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Washington Semester is an eleven-week summer program that provides students the opportunity to acquire professional experience in a governmental agency or other relevant enterprise in the private or nonprofit sector. Washington Semester Fellows will attend seminars that enable them to understand their internship from a range of analytical perspectives. While the program is open to all majors, it is of special relevance for students with career interests in politics, public management, public policy, law, or the nonprofit or for-profit sectors. Students receive twelve hours of academic credit for the program.
All students are placed in an internship with a public or nonprofit organization that requires 30 hours of work per week. Placements are based on each student’s interests and professional goals. The internship experience provides a platform for linking seminar discussions and readings to broader issues of management and policy. The emphasis placed on incorporating both theory and practice sets the Virginia Tech Washington Semester program apart from other Washington internship programs.
Examples of previous internship placements include:
U.S. House of Representatives
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
U.S. Information Agency
City of Alexandria, Department of Planning
National Institutes of Health
Catholic Charities, U.S.A.
U.S. Marshal’s Office
U.S. Agency for International Development
Arlington County Planning Office
American Red Cross
Human Rights Watch
Government Accountability Office
World Resources Institute
Students enroll for all courses for the 1st summer session. This 12-hour program is an overload for 1st summer session. Each student must get permission from his/her Dean’s office in order to add the overload hours (we will help you with that).
PSCI 4314 - Senior Seminar in Political Institutions
UAP/PSCI 4624 - The Washington Semester: Seminar in Politics and Public Policy
UAP/PSCI 4644 - The Washington Semester: Politics, Policy and Administration in a Democracy
UAP 4964 - Field Study - OR - PSCI 4754 – Internship
Tuition, housing and other costs will be forthcoming (since this program is held in Alexandria, you will not pay on-campus comprehensive fees).