Washington D.C. study abroad


In partnership with CET Academic Programs, this program offers a 15-week experience for students to connect global issues they have learned in the classroom to the local workplace. These connections take place in the epicenter of our nation, where policy, advocacy, technology, the arts, media, and foreign relations all meet.

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The Dickinson in D.C. program utilizes Dickinson’s partnership with CET Academic Programs to offer credit-bearing internships that support an array of academic and career interests.  

Washington D.C. highlights


  • Experiential, interdisciplinary core course with themes of equity, global solidarity, sustainability and interdependence at the local and global level
  • Opportunities to explore the rich educational environment DC offers for place-based learning and community engagement
  • Liberal arts curriculum with Dickinson courses taught by Dickinson and CET faculty


CET will work with participants to match them with industry-leading internship partners across the Washington, D.C. metro area. In addition to their four-day internship, students will also take several classes taught by Dickinson and CET faculty. Students will intern approximately 31-hours per week, applying their on-site internship experience to the Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice course and aspects of the D.C. Seminar. A typical intern would work on-site Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Students earn 4 Dickinson credits through participation in the Dickinson in DC program. Students will enroll in the following courses: 

  • INTD 390. DC Seminar Course (1 credit) 
  • INTR 301. Internship Course: Bridging Theory and Practice (2 credits) 
  • Elective course (1 credit) - options include:
    Dickinson course taught by Dickinson professor (topics vary) Dickinson course taught by CET faculty: potential topics may include American Politics, American History, Foreign Policy, Global Business, International Law, Journalism, Public Health, and Sustainable Development 


The program coordinator facilitates optional extracurricular activities throughout the semester for students to connect with peers, explore Washington, D.C., and immerse themselves in local culture. Details will be shared with students before the start of the program. 


All participants will live in program housing. Student accommodations will be furnished double or triple occupancy rooms in houses or apartments. A kitchen will be provided either in the apartment or within the housing complex. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own cooking supplies, utensils, and food and will receive a board stipend from Dickinson to cover this cost. 


Students are supported by CET on-site staff throughout the semester. The on-campus coordinator is David O’Connell, Associate Professor of Political Science. 



Fall, Spring 

Fall: Mid-August to mid-December. Applications are due by April 5. 

Spring: Late January to mid-May. Applications are due by September 21.


2.8 GPA 

Students must have a declared major at the time of application. 


Students are supported by CET on-site staff throughout the semester. 

The on-campus coordinator is Associate Professor of Political Science: 
David O’Connell

For internship questions: 

Amity Fox 
Dean & Director of Internships and Fellowships 

Majors with Dickinson in Washington D.C. Program
  • American Studies 
  • Economics 
  • History 
  • International Business and Management 
  • International Studies 
  • Internships 
  • Law and Policy 
  • Policy Studies 
  • Political Science 
  • Security Studies 

Don’t see your major? Connect with us. This program could still be a good fit for you. 

Non-Dickinson Student Information

This program is not currently open for non-Dickinson students. Check our list of available programs here


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