Location, Location, Location

Washington, D.C. is the heart and soul of politics in the U.S. If you want to see how the professions works 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.

Recent Seminar Speakers

  • 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

Recent Seminar Topics

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

Recent Internship Sites

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


Amy Morrill Bijeau
Interim Director
Tel (202) 895-4967

wsp american politics Elayne Allen with Paul Ryan

"Studying American Politics with the Washington Semester Program opened the door to a new world for me. The program's structure of coursework combined with an internship immerses students in the life of politics that is simply unavailable outside of Washington, DC." -Elayne Allen

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