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Political Journalism Track


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Spring 2015: January 14 - May 2, 2015
October 1 - Early Deadline

Spend 15 weeks in the nation’s capital with 40 students from around the country and world who are all passionate about politics, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of the news business. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. Capital Semester will give you an insider’s view of Washington, and by the end of the semester you may be ready to call DC home!

 Program Format

Capital Semester consists of the following major components:

  • Academic courses in economics and government accredited by George Mason University.
  • Internships with media outlets throughout the Washington area.
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions featuring journalists, editors and communications professionals.
  • Site briefings at key Washington institutions.
  • Professional development seminars, mentor program and networking events.

Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your semester in DC an experience to remember:

  • Housing in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC.
  • Roommate matching with other program students based upon compatibility criteria.
  • Easy access to the safe and affordable Metro train and bus system.
  • Comprehensive orientation to the program, housing and the city upon your arrival.
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about your internship placement, financial aid and general questions in the months leading up to the program.
  • Continued staff support while you are in Washington to ensure that you have an amazing experience.
  • Planned social events where you can connect with the other student leaders participating in the programs. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, volunteer projects, guided tour of the monuments, and a trip to Mt.Vernon.
  • An active network of over 13,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the tabs to your left to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the “Apply Online” link on the left-hand menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see “Contact Us” for details on how to reach us.

“Capital Semester is a dynamic and enriching experience, and I consider it the capstone of my formal education in government and politics. From the classes and work experience to the staff and events, the quality of the program is excellent.”

Shanley Monroe, Arizona State University

Intern, U.S. Department of Justice


Sample Schedule

Please note that the Spring 2013 schedule is subject to change.

8:00am - 10:30am – Constitutional Interpretation
12:00pm - 5:30pm – Internships

9:00am - 5:30pm – Internships
6:00pm - 8:30pm – Economics

9:00am - 5:30pm – Internships

9:00am - 5:30pm – Internships

12:30pm - 2:30pm – Internship Seminar