Washington Semester

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

Program Summary

  • Gain unique insight into the public policy process through academic coursework and an intensive 28-hour per week internship in legislative offices on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, think tanks, or nonprofit organizations.
  • Obtain 12 graduate-level credits towards the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA).
  • Participate in courses taught in a seminar format by Baruch College faculty with extensive DC experience.
  • Live in the Capitol Hill area during the spring semester in fully-funded housing.
  • 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 9116: Intergovernmental Relations with Professor Sonia Jarvis (3 credits; PAF 9116). Alternatively, eligible MPAstudents may complete PAF 9190 Capstone Seminar with Professor Jarvis (3 credits).
  • PAF 9192 Fellowship in Public Affairs (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. Past students have worked for:

  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Congressional Office of Representative Charles Range
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Food & Water WatchInstitute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Microfinance Opportunities
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

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., Smithsonian, Air & Space, National Archives, American Indian, etc.).
  • Cultural events.
  • Social opportunities for students to stay in touch, compare experiences, and share insights.

Financial Support

The School covers the full cost of housing for the spring semester by paying for a double shared room in the Washington Internship Student Housing (WISH) program. Most WISH residences are located near Capitol Hill and are convenient to local transportation, including the DC Metro.

Applications

Applications are due by October 14th and will be considered on a first-come basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged since 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 spring semester, be in good standing with no blocks on their student record, and hold a minimum 3.2 GPA. The application is sent on the School’s listserv. Students must submit the application with a current resume to spa.advisement@baruch.cuny.edu. Applicants may be asked to interview in-person with the Washington Semester faculty if more information is needed. Students will be notified by email of their acceptance by November 3rd.

Stipulations

  • Accepted students must by November 30th complete an application form with the Washington Internship Student
  • Housing Program (WISH) and provide the program with a $200 security deposit that is refunded at the end of the spring semester.
  • Accepted students must pay Baruch College tuition and fees for 12-credits and remain enrolled for 12-credits during the spring 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.

Information

  • For general program questions and internship placements, contact Michael Feller, Distinguished Lecturer, at michael.feller@baruch.cuny.edu.
  • For housing, stipend, and financial questions contact Angelina Delgado, the School of Public Affairs' Director of Operations and Finance, at angelina.delgado@baruch.cuny.edu.