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Washington Experience: Learn Through Experience

The School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech offers three undergraduate experiential learning options for Washington Semester. These practice-based experiences expose students to policy-making through a mix of courses, field visits, and career-bridging internships.

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SPRING 2021: Washington Semester in Global Engagement
Deadline: November 10, 2020
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WINTER 2021: U.S. Congressional Oversight in Action 
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    Washington, D.C. Semester, Leadership through Policy & Governance (WSLG)

    [SUMMER SEMESTER] Undergraduate VT students gain hands-on learning through 30‐hour week internships in public, private, or non‐profit organizations, in addition to classroom learning and professional development sessions in career preparation and employment sectors.

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    Washington, D.C. Semester in Global Engagement (WSGE)

    [SPRING SEMESTER] This unique 15 credit program is open to undergraduate VT students. The Washington Semester in Global Engagement consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with D.C. professionals and policymakers.

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    Washington Experience: U.S. Congressional Oversight in Action

    [WINTER SEMESTER] Open to graduate and undergraduate students, this two week-long seminar takes participants behind the headlines to meet with and learn directly from the many varieties of professionals engaged in government oversight.