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Washington Experience: Learn Through Experience

The School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech offers a variety of undergraduate experiential learning opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. 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 2023: Washington Semester in Global Engagement
Deadline: October 31, 2022
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Summer 2023: Washington Semester Leadership Through Policy and Governance
Deadline: February 15, 2023
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    Washington, D.C. Semester, Leadership through Policy & Governance (WSLG)

    [SUMMER SESSIONS] This 9-credit summer program for undergraduates combines a 10-week Washington, DC-area internship, policy seminar, and field study experiences immersing participants in the world of policymakers, public servants, beltway bandits, and others who make the DC-area a unique place to work and live.

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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.