Welcome to the Semester in Washington Politics
Semester in Washington Politics at the George Washington University was founded in 1995 as a hands-on, non-partisan, academic experience for students interested in the political process. The program is comprised of four main components, including:
- Two core classes, which all students are required to complete. These may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.
- An internship that builds on what the student learns in the classroom. Once admitted into the program, you will work with SIWP staff to find and apply for internships that match your interests and experience.
- Weekly networking events that take you into the centers of power in Washington, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, and Capitol Hill, as well as major news outlets, lobbying shops, and political consulting and government relations firms.
- The option to be paired with a mentor who can help guide you through the semester. Most mentors are alumni of SIWP, and all are political professionals working in Washington, D.C.
Semester in Washington Politics alumni have gone on to work for political campaigns, federal agencies, members of Congress, public affairs groups, and state and local government. Some have run for elected office themselves.