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Want to live and work in our nation's capital? Each fall semester MPA, MIA, and MSEd in Higher Education Administration students have the unique opportunity to reside, work, and study public affairs in Washington, D.C.

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Program Summary

  • Gain unique insight into the public policy process through academic coursework and an intensive internship in legislative offices on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations. Students work full days on Monday through Wednesday and a half-day on Thursday (at least 28 hours per week).
  • Participate in courses taught in a seminar format by Baruch College faculty with extensive DC experience. Classes are held on Thursday afternoon and Friday until 2:00 pm.
  • Obtain 12 graduate-level credits towards the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Science
    in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA).
  • Experience everything the nation’s capital has to offer—network with policymakers and thought leaders, tour historical landmarks, and explore the local culture.

Courses

  • PAF 9199: Special Topics: Who Makes Policy? with Professor Carla Robbins (3 credits)
  • PAF 9115: Political Dynamics with Professor Sonia Jarvis (3 credits)
  • PAF 9192 Fellowship in Public Affairs with Professor Michael Feller (6 credits); a high-value internship experience that requires each student to work a minimum of 28 hours per week (3 ½ days, Monday through Thursday morning) for 15 weeks in a government agency, congressional office, or nonprofit organization

Internships

Internship placements are matched with each student’s level of preparation and career goals.

  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Living Cities
  • Microfinance Opportunities
  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • Senator Kirstin Gillibrand
  • Representative Gregory Meeks
  • The Truth Initiative
  • PhRMA

Unique Opportunities

  • Tours of the U.S. Congress and national landmarks
  • Guest lectures from leading well-known journalists, top administrators, and key policymakers
  • Museum visits (e.g., National Archives; Smithsonian including Air & Space, American Indian, etc.)
  • Cultural events
  • Social exchanges for students to stay in touch, compare experiences, and share insights

Financial Support

  • All students selected to participate in the Washington Semester receive individual Marxe Study Away Award to cover the cost of housing at the Washington Internship Student Housing (WISH) residence. Most WISH residences are located near Capitol Hill and are convenient to local transportation, including the DC Metro.
  • There are also a limited number of additional Marxe Washington Scholars Awards which are given on a merit basis.

Applications

Applications are due by March 31 and will be considered on a first-come basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged as the program is limited to 14 seats. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum of 12 credits completed at the start of the fall semester, be in good standing with no blocks on their student record, and hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

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Stipulations

  • Accepted students must complete a housing application and submit it to Angelina Delgado in the Office of Operations and Finance by April 30, and provide the Washington Internship Student Housing Program (WISH) a $200 security deposit that will be refunded at the end of the fall semester.
  • Accepted students must pay Baruch College tuition and fees for 12-credits and remain enrolled for 12-credits
    during the fall semester.
  • The receipt of a graduate assistantship and/or the LCU Scholarship is not permitted while in the Washington
    Semester program. Financial aid or other scholarships may be received, but students should contact the Baruch College Office of Financial Aid about their eligibility status.
  • Accepted students must contact Professor Michael Feller for their internship placement. It is not possible for students to arrange internships without his authorization.

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