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Washington Semester Program - American Politics

WSP American Politics

Washington, D.C. is the heart, soul, and lifeblood of politics in America. If you want to see how the game is played from the inside, apply for this program which has attracted politically interested students for more than 50 years. As an American Politics student, you will observe in-depth the machinations of our national government.

In seminars, students will meet with politicos, key staff, lobbyists, and policy makers to discuss campaigns, current legislative priorities, and hot-button issues. Ultimately, you will gain first-hand experience by talking with the nation's top decision makers. Your interactive seminar can bring you to Capitol Hill, the White House complex, the Supreme Court, campaign organizations, and powerful interest groups. Seminars include talks by influential leaders followed by a question and answer session. Recent topics include presidential elections, campaign reform, religion and politics, health care reform, energy policy, ethics reform, education policy, and homeland security.

Student Reaction

“The American Politics Program is about more than the amazing people you will meet, inspiring speakers you will hear, and unique opportunities that your internship will present. This program is about taking the first step towards your future.”
Jessie Cassella, Santa Clara University

Past Speakers Include...

  • Lissa Muscatine, former Senior Advisor and Speechwriter, Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Justice Samuel Alito
  • Seymour Hirsch, investigative journalist

Past Internship Sites

  • Democratic National Committee
  • Republican National Committee
  • U.S. Justice Department
  • Heritage Foundation
  • CATO Institute

Past Seminar Topics

  • Presidency
  • The Financial Crisis
  • Health Care Reform
  • Religion and American Politics
  • Civil Liberties and Rights