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Washington Program

Spend the fall or spring semester in Washington, DC studying and working, and earn up to 16 academic credits through the SUNY Brockport Washington Program.

 More than 3,000 students have participated in the program since it began in 1967 and 23 schools are members of the program consortium. Students from consortium schools are given preference in the admission process, but students from other schools may participate in the program as well.

Our nation’s capital is the ideal setting for studying politics, public policy, and the policy-making process. Students intern in Congressional offices, executive agencies, the Supreme Court, political party organizations, interest groups, or think tanks for four days a week and attend seminar classes one day a week.

The program provides students with direct involvement in the policy-making process and illuminates the relationship between academic knowledge and a practical understanding of the real world.

Academic and Field Supervision

The program director, as the intern’s academic advisor, helps the student secure placement in an appropriate office or organization, provides guidance during the internship, and evaluates the intern’s work during and at the end of the semester.

In the field, students are supervised by staff persons who have been briefed by the program director on program objectives and academic requirements.

Academic Requirements and Prerequisites

The program offers 12-16 hours of academic credit, at the discretion of the student’s home school. Students are graded on the basis of field supervisors’ evaluations, the program director’s evaluation, the student’s internship journal, a 10-page internship evaluation paper written by the student at the completion of the semester, a 20-page research paper written by the student, and student participation in the weekly class meetings. Students should be in their junior or senior year, have a 2.5 GPA, and have taken nine or more hours of political science coursework.

Participating Schools

Schools participating in the SUNY Brockport Washington Program include: the State University of New York Colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, Canton, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam and Purchase, the SUNY University Centers at Binghamton, Buffalo, and Stony Brook, Empire State College, Brunel University, Canisius College, Keuka College, Hofstra University, Niagara University, St. John Fisher College and St. Bonaventure University. Students from other schools may attend SUNY Brockport Washington programs at the discretion of the Washington Program Director.


For more information, contact:

Program Director
SUNY Brockport Washington Program
444 North Capital Street NW, Suite 221
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 403-8507
E-mail: washington@brockport.edu