St. Mary’s University is a member of a consortium of colleges and universities in the United States participating in American University’s Washington Semester Program. The Washington Semester Program allows students to study for one semester at the American University in Washington, D.C. Students enroll at St. Mary’s to take four-semester hour seminars, a semester hour internship, and a three or four hour research project or up to five hours of electives.

The areas of study are American Politics, the Arts, Economic Policy, Foreign Policy, International Business and Trade, Journalism, Justice and Peace and Conflict Resolution, Transforming Communities, and Women and Public Policy.

U.S. capitol at night

Students interested in participating in this program must be at least second semester sophomores, must have taken a course at the college level in U.S. government, and must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Washington Semester Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, applications for upcoming semesters should be submitted as soon as possible as spaces are limited, and many internships, such as those with the White House and news networks, require considerable lead time for security screening and processing.

Deadlines are mid to late November for spring semester admission and mid-April for fall semester admission.

For information on applying for the program, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Costs for this program include travel to and from Washington, D.C. Tuition, fees, room and board will be those rates established by American University. To receive a packet of information on the Washington Semester Program including brochures, cost sheets and Intern Insider Newsletter, visit the American University website.

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