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Semester in Washington ~ Georgetown University
Washington DC, United States
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: On Campus
Program Description:
Semester in Washington ~ Georgetown University

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History & Description

By studying at Georgetown University and interning in Washington, DC you will develop skills and create relationships that can help you advance as both a professional and an individual.

The Semester in Washington, DC Program at Georgetown University combines the extraordinary resources of the nation’s capital with Georgetown’s rich heritage—creating an unparalleled learning experience. By studying in one of the world’s most culturally and politically vibrant cities, you will have a firsthand opportunity to examine the complex issues facing nations, organizations and decision makers today, along with the forces that drive policy and shape history.
As a student at Georgetown, you will explore stimulating subjects in small classes and learn through experience.  You will work with prominent officials and accomplished professionals while simultaneously learning from both our expert faculty and your peers. Our challenging academic component will introduce a new level of theoretical analysis and context to the knowledge you gain through an internship in your chosen field.


Please follow this link to view the program brochure.


Washington D.C.

Like few cities in America, Washington is both a beneficiary and a victim of perception. One version comprises marble, monuments and museums in the shadow of the Capitol dome. Great restaurants, wild clubs. More culture – the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, the Folger – than a city this size deserves, plus a National Mall that’s the front yard and public podium of the American people.

The other version of Washington is where too many wake up to a morning-after hangover of the American dream, transplants and aristocrats float above the fray, and the federal government seems to turn a blind eye to its own home.

Which is the real Washington? All of the above. Yet the two-cities-in one stereotype limits this great town. Like the nation she governs, DC is defined by her compromises, not her extremes. And conversations about where that nation is headed occur here with more frequency and passion than anywhere else in America.

When it comes to politics, DC’s homegrown will argue you under the table. That’s the soul of this city: not divisions or iconography, but a population that’s as intellectually stimulating as any Manhattan dinner party, and as comfortably down-home as mom’s mac ‘n’ cheese (which our soul-food joints cook best).

But don’t take our word for it. Real Washingtonians might be opinionated as hell, but they’re also twice as warm, so come visit, and see a global capital that’s local enough to love.

(Retrieved from: www.lonelyplanet.com)


 

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About The Program

Housing

FALL/SPRING

Housing and Roommate Assignments
Students in the SWP are housed in July for fall and in December for spring and will be notified by email. At this time, students can also log on to their Housing at a Glance page (accessible through the Housing website) using their Net Id and password to see their housing assignment and their roommates.

Check-In
Check-in is in the Residence Hall Office (RHO) of the student's assigned building. SWP students who arrive late, can either check in at their RHO or in the Housing Services Office (Harbin 103), depending on how late they arrive.

For more information about Georgetown University's residency halls, please visit the Georgetown University Housing page.


SUMMER

Students enrolled in the Semester in Washington Program are entitled to Georgetown University housing. SWP students are not required to live in Georgetown University housing.

In the summer program, SWP students are housed together in one of Georgetown University's residency halls. Accommodations for SWP students are available in Alumni Square, a complex of four-person apartments, each containing two bedrooms with two bunk beds each.

For more information about Georgetown University's residency halls, please visit the Georgetown University Housing page.


Food & Laundry

FALL/SPRING

MEAL PLANS

A meal plan is required for most students living on campus. Students who select a meal plan which includes Flex Dollars can also use their Flex Dollars to dine at several locations on campus including Cosi Restaurant, Hoya Court, Starbucks, and Epicurean and Co. Restaurant. Students with special dietary needs, please contact the registered dietitian at 202-687-5379. 

For more information on Georgetown University Meal Plans and to sign up for a Meal Plan Contract, please visit the Georgetown University Dining website.

SUMMER

MEAL PLANS

 In the summer, students sign up for meal plans on a weekly basis. For more information on Georgetown University Meal Plans and to sign up for a Meal Plan Contract, please visit the Georgetown University Dining website.



Academics

Georgetown University offers the Semester in Washington Program in the following academic areas:

Fall/Spring Programs (15 credits)

Politics and Public Policy
International Commerce and Trade
International Relations
Law, Legislation and Politics
Religion and Political Culture
Journalism, Politics and Media

Summer Programs (6 credits)

Politics and Public Policy
International Relations
Law, Legislation and Politics
Religion and Political Culture

Each of those academic areas offers students three components:

Academic Seminar
Internship
Research Seminar

Course Components

Academic Seminar

In the academic seminar, students learn from assigned readings, lectures, and discussion groups that are unique to their program of study. They also participate in discussions with elected officials, policy-makers, and practitioners in the private and public sectors. The incorporation of leadership, ethics, and social justice are at the forefront of the SWP academic seminar.

Internship and Internship Class

SWP students spend several days per week in an internship in the metro DC area and take the accompanying internship class. In the internship, students immerse themselves in a professional experience in a federal agency, an organization in the private sector, a lobbying organization, law firm, media outlet, public relations firm, public policy organization, or on Capitol Hill. Additionally, students reach beyond their work in their selected organizations in the accompanying internship class, where they reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society.

Research Seminar

The Semester in Washington research seminar is a guided, independent research project offered exclusively to SWP students. Students in the research seminar produce an original research paper that focuses on a topic from their content area and infuse concepts of applied ethics, leadership, or social justice into their work.

For more information on the course components, including course descriptions and syllabi, please visit the individual program pages.

Internships



FALL/SPRING

SWP students spend three days per week in an internship with an organization in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. The internship is geared toward self-starting, highly motivated students with an interest in the political process. In the internship, students will immerse themselves in a professional experience in a federal agency, an organization in the private sector, a lobbying organization, law firm, media outlet, public relations firm, public policy organization, or on Capitol Hill.

To secure an internship, Georgetown University provides SWP students with a network of organizations and extensive guidance and assistance in identifying and securing an internship position. The Internship Director guides students in selecting an internship that aligns with their academic and professional goals. Georgetown University provides advice on every aspect of the internship, including resume preparation, interview techniques, and professional networking.

Several weeks prior to the start of the fall/spring semester, students receive access to an internship database. This immediate network of organizations provides students with all the information they need to make informed decisions about the internship that best fits their academic and professional needs. Up-to-date contact information allows SWP students to start their internship search before they arrive in Washington, D.C.

The accompanying internship class is conducted as a group tutorial that meets regularly over the course of the semester. Under the direction of the Internship Professor, students discuss their internships in relation to assigned readings and class exercises taking the unique opportunity to mix theory with practice. SWP students reach beyond the work at their selected organizations and reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society.

While the internship constitutes 60% of the students' final grade, the accompanying internship class and respective class assignments constitute 40% of the students' final grade for the internship/internship class.

For a list of possible internships, please click on this link

SUMMER

For ten weeks, students work as interns up to five days a week and take an accompanying academic seminar, which meets once a week in the mornings or evenings, for a total of 3 credits.

The internship allows students to put knowledge into action and gain valuable hands-on experience with a leading Washington organization. As interns, students immerse themselves in a professional experience in a federal agency, an organization in the private sector, a lobbying organization, law firm, media outlet, public relations firm, public policy organization, or on Capitol Hill. Georgetown's director of internships helps students identify and secure an internship position that aligns with their individual academic and professional goals. The director provides advice on every aspect of the internship, including resume preparation, interview techniques, and professional networking.

In the accompanying academic seminar, students learn from assigned readings, lectures, and discussion groups that are unique to their program of study. Students also participate in discussions with elected officials, policy makers, and practitioners in the private and public sectors. Reaching beyond their work in their selected organization, Semester in Washington students reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role that their work can have on larger society. The incorporation of leadership, ethics, and social justice is at the forefront of the academic seminar.

For a list of possible internships, please click on the following link.  

 

Eligibility

Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.

GPA

Your cumulative grade point average has to be 3.0 or above. If lower than a 3.0, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes at Georgetown, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for this program is more expensive than housing at BW. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for their own transportation and on-site expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.

SUMMER

For the summer internship program, you will be expected to pay the full cost of the program as seen on the Georgetown University website. For more information, please come to Explorations/Study Abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment, etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please click on the following link.

 

 



 
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