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 the 6-credit internship course (POSC 495W) with two 3-credit courses taught on-site by JMU instructors: Contemporary Problems in International Affairs (POSC 361W) and the Washington Experience (INTA 301W). 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 Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
  • 4-person, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments with shared kitchen and living area
  • Apartments are fully furnished
  • Students may opt to find 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 will be $4,875
  • Program fee: $200
  • 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 2016:

  • Early Decision: November 15, 2014
  • Regular Admission: February 15, 2015

To apply, please follow this link.

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