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Political Journalism Track


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Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Capital Semester will give you an insider’s view of Washington, the city where news and history are made every day. Get political journalism experience in the city where the journalistic landscape is shaped and interact with nation’s best journalists and policy-makers.

Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with 40 students from around the country and the globe who are all passionate about politics in DC and around the world, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of how to be a successful journalist. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience.

When you picture your future, do you see yourself covering the campaign trail, entrenched in a foreign news bureau, reporting on current events or developing a strategic marketing plan for a corporate client? If so, this is the program for you. Employers are looking for recent graduates with experience, and the best way to stand out after graduation is to complete an internship and make connections now.

 Program Format

Capital Semester consists of the following major components:

  • LIVE: Housing in historic furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the oldest residential neighborhood in DC. Just blocks from the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, & the Supreme Court
  • LEARN: Academic courses in international economics and government accredited by George Mason University.
  • INTERN: Internships with newspapers, international news outlets, magazines, public relations firms, as well as television and radio stations throughout the Washington area.
  • CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures and panel discussions featuring public policy experts, foreign correspondents, workings journalists and communication professionals as well as professional development seminars, networking events, and much more!

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.
  • Full access to campus resources, including libraries, computer labs and more.
  • 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 in the program. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, volunteer projects, guided tour of the monuments, a trip to Mt.Vernon and much more.
  • An active network of over 14,000 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 Fall 2015 schedule is subject to change.

9:00am - 5:30pm – Internships

9:00am - 5:30pm – Internships

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

9:00am - 5:00pm – Internships
6:00pm - 8:30pm – International Economic Policy

1:30pm - 3:30pm – Internship Seminar