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Washington Semester Program - Global Economics & Business

The Global Economics and Business section of the Washington Semester® Program provides you unparalleled opportunities to gain both conceptual and practical knowledge related to trade, finance, and economic policy. You will study and work in the nation's capital, home to such national and international economic and business players as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

During your seminar classes, you will study these and many other organizations by meeting with representatives of trade associations and multinational corporations, experts from international organizations and U.S. government agencies, and members of Congress who deal daily with issues affecting the nation and the world. Through your internship, you will acquire relevant professional experience directly related to a key aspect of international business or the global economy.

Washington, D.C. is an ideal learning environment in which to acquire unique leadership skills that will help you succeed in an increasingly competitive global market place. Seventy-five percent of all multinational companies boast offices in D.C., and 200 foreign-owned companies are based in the greater Washington area, along with several Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of international organizations, trade and professional organizations, US Federal and State agencies, and foreign embassies. As a student in the Washington Semester® Program, you will engage directly with prominent entrepreneurs, policy makers, and scholars at various think tanks, multinational corporations and financial institutions, US federal agencies, NGOs, as well as interact with business lobbyists and representatives from labor unions, and multilateral institutions.

Global business students are also encouraged to take our travel elective course, “Technical Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship”. This three-credit class will travel to Silicon Valley and San Francisco in mid-March and will enable you to meet with real-world practitioners in technology, social entrepreneurship, and many other fields. For more information visit the travel elective page.

Student Reaction

"You will never see that many different perspectives in such a short amount of time. The Global Economics & Business Program gave me access to a great variety of prominent guest speakers."
Thomas Fischer, Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Past Speakers Include... 

  • Gary Hubbard, Director of Public Affairs, US Steel Workers Union
  • William J. Niskanen, Chairman, Cato Institute
  • Keith Hall, Chief Economist, Council of Economic Advisers
  • Patrick Cirillo, Deputy Chief of Operations, IMF Secretariat
  • John Galleher, Vice President, UBS Financial Services

Past Internship Sites

  • Brookings Institute
  • White House Council of Economic Advisors
  • U.S.-China Business Council
  • Europe-American Business Council
  • Merrill Lynch

Past Seminar Topics

  • Economic Policy and Global Business
  • Foreign Aid and the Developing World
  • Immigration and Labor
  • Monetary Policy and the Global Financial Architecture
  • Fiscal Policy, Debt, and Financial Crises