Above: Spring 2016 SIW students enjoying SUNY Day with Congressman Paul Tonko (far left) and President Robert Jones (far right).

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 are provided the unique opportunity to live and work in Washington D.C.  for one semester.  This program allows students to complete an internship specific to their career interests and passions for 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.  Students who are not in these specific majors or minors have also received credits and are managed individually.

Program Staff

The Director of the Semester in Washington program, and instructor of both classes taught as part of the program, is Rockefeller College professor Meredith Weiss. A specialist in comparative politics with extensive experience in Washington, Weiss has worked both for research institutes and universities there as well as several countries overseas.

The program is also supported by a full-time graduate assistant who resides in D.C. in the same housing as the students.  The graduate assistant acts as a resource for students and arranges meaningful experiences that allow our students to make a successful transition to living and working in D.C. as well as opportunities to experience all that the city has to offer.

Yalitza Negron, Rockefeller’s director of internships and career services, works closely with the program director to administer the Semester in Washington program and to assist students as they prepare for their time in D.C. Yalitza works with students to help them achieve their career goals and provides resume writing, job search and interviewing advice.

See "Apply" for information about prerequisites.

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