Above: Spring 2013 students pose for a photo in the Thomas Jefferson Room of the State Department.

About the Program

The Semester in Washington is an integral part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy's Department of Political Science.

Students intern four days a week, take two full courses, and earn fifteen credits toward graduation. Six of these credits count toward a major or minor in political science, public policy, and several other majors or minors. (Past students have received credits in Communications, Criminal Justice, History, Globalization Studies and other fields. These are typically arranged individually.)

Program Staff

The academic courses for the Semester in Washington program are taught by one of Rockefeller College's full professors, Michael J. Malbin. Malbin has extensive experience in Washington: in the legislative and executive branches and as a reporter, think tank scholar and director of a nonpartisan research institute. 

The program is backed up by a strong support team from the Rockefeller College.   Jennifer MacLaughlin, the College's Director of Career Services helps with internship preparation and placement.  In 2013-2014, she will be helped by a graduate student assistant who is also an alumnus of the program.

Adam Kress is the program's Assistant Director. Adam is a UAlbany Ph.D. student in political science who lives in metropolitan Washington DC.  Adam is also the Rockefeller College's Assistant Director of Communications for Online Strategy and New Media.  Before his doctoral studies, Adam also had political and job experience in the nation's capital. 

The program is offered only during the spring semester.  Space is limited.  Applications and interviews are conducted in April and October.

See "Apply" for information about prerequisites.

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