Global Affairs Washington Semester


  • Open to all majors
  • Get a head start on your career
  • Pursue a semester-long global affairs/international political internship plus upper-level coursework
  • Live in JMU-arranged housing in one of D.C.'s finest neighborhoods

The global affairs version of the Washington Semester program enables students to explore the wealth of international political and cultural opportunities available in the Washington, DC area. The program includes semester-length internships focusing on global affairs and/or international politics, courses in global affairs, panel discussions by people in various professions, cultural activities, and networking opportunities with JMU alumni working in the DC area.


Participants maintain full-time student status by combining a 6-credit internship course (either POSC 495W, POSC 493W, or PPA 496W) with two credit-courses in political science/international affairs: The Washington Experience (POSC/INTA 301W) and Topics in International Relations (POSC 361W). Students not majoring in political science, international affairs, or public policy & administration should consult with their departments about how the internship and coursework fit their academic plans; some departments may be willing to arrange course substitutions. Note: Participants must remain full-time students for the duration of the program.


  • JMU-arranged housing is located in The Avalon at Gallery Place, a premium apartment building two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station.
  • Neighborhood features restaurants, museums and shops, and the Verizon Center. The National Mall is a 20-minute walk away.
  • Building features fitness center and rooftop terrace.
  • Students live in 4-person, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments with shared kitchen and living area.
  • Apartments are fully furnished and equipped, including washer/dryer, kitchen supplies, sheets and towels.
  • Students may arrange their own housing.

Program Costs

  • JMU Tuition & Fees for in-state and out-of-state students
  • Housing: For fall 2015 and spring 2016, the housing fee was $4,875, including all utilities and wireless internet. The 2016-17 fee is TBA.
  • Program fee: $225
  • Food and transportation costs not included


  • Students secure their own internships
  • Most students will pursue internships that focus on on global affairs and/or international politics. Past internships include the U.S. Department of State, policy think-tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and interest groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. See a list of recent internships conducted in this program.
  • Students work at their internships full-time Monday through Thursday; Friday mornings are reserved for the Washington Experience course (INTA 301W), which explores political and cultural opportunities in the DC area.

Application Deadlines for Spring 2017:

  • Early Decision: November 15, 2015
  • Regular Admission: February 15, 2016

To apply, please follow this link.

For more information, contact:
Dr. David Jones, Program Coordinator (