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Want to live and work in our nation's capital? Each fall semester MPA, MIA, and MSEd in Higher Education Administration students have the unique opportunity to reside, work, and study public affairs in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Semester - The Capital Building

Fall 2019 Application is currently open. Submit your applIcation here

Program Summary

  • Gain unique insight into the public policy process through academic coursework and an intensive internship in legislative offices on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations. Students work full days Monday through Thursday (at least 32 hours per week).
  • Participate in courses taught in a seminar format by Baruch College faculty with extensive DC experience. Classes are held on Fridays.
  • Obtain 12 graduate-level credits towards the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs (MIA), or Master of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA).
  • Experience everything the nation’s capital has to offer—network with policymakers and thought leaders, tour historical landmarks, and explore the local culture.


  • PAF 9199: Special Topics: Who Makes Policy? (3 credits)
  • PAF 9115: Political Dynamics (3 credits)
  • PAF 9192 Fellowship in Public Affairs (6 credits); a high-value internship experience that requires each student to work a minimum of 32 hours per week for 15 weeks in a government agency, congressional office, or nonprofit organization


Internship placements are matched with each student’s level of preparation and career goals. Previous placements include:

  • Congressman Adriano Espaillat
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • State Department
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Civilians in Conflict
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • National Association of Latino Elected Officials
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Truth Initiative

Unique Opportunities

  • Tours of the national landmarks
  • Guest lectures from leading well-known journalists, top administrators, and key policymakers
  • Museum visits (e.g., National Archives; Smithsonian including Air & Space, American Indian, etc.)
  • Cultural and networking events
  • Access to academic and student support services remotely and in person throughout the semester

Financial Support

  • All students selected to participate in the Washington Semester receive individual Marxe Study Away Award to cover the cost of housing at the students housing residence arranged by the program.
  • There are also a limited number of additional Marxe Washington Scholars Awards which are given on a top merit basis.


Applications are due by March 31 and will be considered on a first-come basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged as the number of seats is limited. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum of 9 credits completed at the start of the fall semester, be in good standing with no blocks on their student record, and hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

Submit the application here


  • All qualifying applicants will be asked to interview in-person with the Washington Semester faculty.
    Students will be notified of their selection by April 15 followed by in-person interview with the Marxe Dean’s Office. Final selection and offer agreement from the Marxe Dean's Office will be sent by May 15.
  • Once students receive their formal acceptance, they will be registered for the Washington Semester courses by the Marxe Advisement Team.
  • Accepted students must complete a housing application and submit it to Diana Lazov in the Office of Finance and Administration by May 30 and provide a $200 security deposit that will be refunded at the end of the fall semester.
  • Accepted students must pay Baruch College tuition and fees for 12-credits and remain enrolled for 12-credits
    during the fall semester.
  • The receipt of a graduate assistantship and/or the LCU Scholarship is not permitted while in the Washington
    Semester program. Financial aid or other scholarships may be received, but students should contact the Baruch College Office of Financial Aid about their eligibility status.
  • Accepted students must contact Michael Feller for their internship placement. It is not possible for students to arrange internships without his authorization.

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