Welcome to the Semester in Washington Politics

Learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run

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:

  1. Two core classes, which all students are required to complete. These may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Semester in Washington Politics is a program of GW's College of Professional Studies

Past Internship Sites

Senator Maria Cantwell

Maria Cantwell has served in the United States Senate since 2001, serving the state of Washington. She previously served in the Washington House of Representatives the U.S. House of Representatives. She is currently the chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Republican National Committee

The Republican National Committee is a U.S. political committee that provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. It is also responsible for organizing and running the Republican National Convention.

Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.5 million and 2.6 million on Sunday, more than 22 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 132 years.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House. The DCCC is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way.

Congresswoman Karen Bass

Congresswoman Karen Bass has served in the U.S. House of Representative since 2010, currently representing California's 37th Congressional District.

Berger Hirschberg Strategies

Berger Hirschberg Strategies is the premier political strategies and fundraising firm in Washington, DC. Founded by two of the most well established and respected strategists in the public policy arena today, Stephanie Berger and Rachel Hirschberg have worked for over a decade tirelessly advocating for progressive candidates and organizations.

Congressman Derek Kilmer

Congressman Derek Kilmer was elected to represent the 6th Congressional District of Washington in 2012. Prior to his election, he served in the Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate.

BlueGreen Alliance

Today, the BlueGreen Alliance unites 14 of our country’s largest unions and environmental organizations. Acting together, through more than 15 million members and supporters, we are a powerful voice for building a cleaner, fairer and more competitive American economy.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Linda Sanchez has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. She currently represents the people of the 38th Congressional District. Congresswoman Sanchez currently serves as the Ranking Member on the House Ethics Committee.

United States Trade Representative

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency that negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations. We also meet with governments, with business groups, with legislators and with public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and to discuss the President's trade policy positions.