Washington Semester at Siena

Studying and interning at the center of policy and politics


One of the most stimulating off-campus educational experiences for students is the opportunity to study and intern at the epicenter of government and its processes in the nation’s capital.
The Washington Semester program is a cooperative arrangement between Siena College and American University. It combines a learning experience with a work experience that includes:
  • Seminars conducted by prominent Washington decision-makers
  • A research tutorial and a mentored research project
  • An internship in one of several areas – government, legislative, interest group, think tank, private company or media group – and at significant organizations
The Washington Semester is open to students of all majors during the fall and spring semesters. Many program alumni have gone on to success across the spectrum of the program’s area tracks in:
  • American government
  • Public law
  • International trade
  • Peace studies and conflict resolution
  • Foreign policy
  • Justice policy
  • Economic policy
  • Journalism
Students also earn credits for their participation in the seminars, internship, research and elective courses.



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