Sophomores and juniors of any major and college participate in the Washington Program. Students live, study, and work in the nation’s capital in either the fall or spring semester. The program seeks students who are interested in studying in a vibrant urban setting amidst the high energy and excitement of national politics, policy, and the arts.
The curriculum combines coursework with internships in government organizations, Congress, the not-for-profit sector, the media, and cultural organizations. Participants share well-fitted apartments near Dupont Circle, within walking distance of many of the District’s downtown attractions. There is no additional charge for the program beyond Notre Dame tuition and room-and-board fees.
All students earn 15 credits by fulfilling the required core courses, including a mandatory three-credit internship, and two three-credit electives from a consortium of courses offered in conjunction with the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and the University of San Francisco.
While participating in the Washington Program, students have the option of being placed with a ND alum mentor that can serve as a resource for navigating DC, professional life, and career discernment.
The Washington Program also seeks to provide cultural enrichment opportunities for students during their time in DC. These opportunities can include museum admission, academic and historical tours of the District, and networking opportunities.