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Washington, DC is the hub of many successful young professionals. It’s an exciting city for networking and seeking potential employment opportunities. MSU’s Washington, DC Fall and Spring Semester Study Programs includes an academic focus on the topical politics and culture of our nation's capital. The DC Summer Internship Programs are internship-only and do not include this academic focus. However, all DC program students have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the unique political and social culture of Washington, DC through their internship, related assignments, and professional development activities.

Students admitted into the Fall/Spring program enroll in 12-15 MSU credits (from an approved list of courses) and participate in the online hybrid DC-focused class. Summer students enroll in a minimum of six (6) internship credits, leaving them free to enroll in online courses of their choosing to reach full time status. All students complete assignments related to their internship and participate in professional development activities such as workshops and networking events that assist students with career exploration and preparation.

MSU staff work closely with students to prepare and launch a comprehensive internship search. For Fall/Spring students, the end result is a 32-hour per week internship related to each individual student’s career interests. While policy is at the center of many internships in DC, positions can also be found in human services, international organizations, legal offices, business and finance, academia, health organizations, and more. MSU staff work with Summer students on an internship search for a full- or part-time placement, depending on the number of credits students wish to earn. It should be noted that summer internships in Washington, DC are highly competitive and placements cannot be guaranteed.

When: Fall/Spring/Summer

Program Dates:
Fall and Spring programs coincide with campus semester dates. (No Spring Break makes that semester shorter.)

Eligibility: 2.5 minimum GPA  and junior standing recommended

The DC Fall/Spring program offers a curriculum with over 40 course options, including ISS 315. DC Spring course options.  It is strongly recommended that students discuss and select the courses with their academic advisor.

Summer selections include internship, research or independent study courses (such as SSC 493/SSC 494/SSC 490) that may count toward your major.  Internship course options in other majors (HDFS, CJ, COM) may also be available. To learn more, contact your academic advisor and/or program coordinator.

Program Fee: Fall/Spring $4900, Summer $3900 (estimate based on previous semesters)


Fall and Early Spring - March 15th
Spring - October 15th
Summer - November 1st (FIRM)

Students will pay tuition plus program fee. Program fee covers housing. Program fee does NOT include tuition, meals, travel, transportation within location, or personal spending money.



For more information, please contact:

Vicki Shaver
Study Away and Internship Coordinator
Office of Study Abroad, Study Away and Internships
Berkey Hall 221
To make an appointment, please click here.