Location: Howley Hall 313
Joseph P. Cammarano, Ph.D., Program Director
The Washington Semester Program combines academic study and experiential learning in a one-semester program spent at The American University in Washington, D.C.
The student chooses one of 10 areas of study: American politics, Islam and world affairs, foreign policy, global economics and business, international environment and development, international law and organizations, justice and law, journalism, peace and conflict resolution, and transforming communities. Each area is comprised of three parts: a two-course seminar that features academic professors and professional policymakers; a one-course research project; and practical work experience in a one-course, two-day-per-week internship. Internship opportunities are many and varied, and range from the Office of the Vice President of the United States to the director of the National Smithsonian Museums Network.
Admission to the program is available on a competitive basis to four Providence College students per academic year. A Providence College committee composed of faculty and administrators selects each year’s participants. Application consists of a cover letter addressed to the committee expressing the reasons for interest in the program; a current transcript; a research proposal; and a completed Projected Studies Plan form that charts course work through the senior year.
Descriptions of the programs, as well as all forms and applications, may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, the Office of Career Services, and the Washington Semester Program faculty director. Interested students may also check the program Web site at www.washingtonsemester.com.