In conjunction with George Washington University and the BU Washington, DC Academic Center, Boston University offers students of management, finance, and commerce a special dedicated management track. This program combines the best of local university study, Boston University’s unmatched on-site housing and staff, and customized internship placements.

Students in the Washington, DC Management Internship Program will take three electives while participating in an academic internship. Students will earn 14–15 credits for the semester.

Elective Courses

Students take a total of three electives from the following lists. Students must take at least one course from each list.

  • CAS HI 281/CAS IR 356/CAS PO 201 American Governance: Foreign Affairs (4 credits)
    • Formerly CAS HI/IR/PO 356
    • Overview of American presidencies of the late twentieth century, specifically considering how politics relates to foreign policy in America. Concepts including isolationism, manifest destiny, moralism, rule of law, national self-interest, and terrorism are discussed. Special focus on Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 327/CAS PO 204 The Modern US Senate: From Collaboration to Confrontation
    • Examines the history of the US Senate with a special focus on increasing partisanship since WWII. Addresses major policy issues and landmark pieces of legislation as well as the lives and legacies of prominent individual Senators. Includes guest lecturers.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS IR 324E/CAS PO 280E American Policy-Making in the Global Era: International Trade, Finance, Innovation, and the Global Corporation
    • Course examines American international economic decision-making in a changing global economy and addresses current theories of International Political Economy with respect to trade, finance, and the development of global corporations. Explores how American policy shaped the post-World War II global economy.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS IR 338 Conflict, Violence and Peacebuilding (4)
    • This course introduces the field of peacebuilding and conflict and examines its various facets to equip students to analyze the social and political dynamics of peace and conflict. Students will learn about the basics of the field, the importance of conflict analysis, and the options for nonviolent responses to prevent and resolve conflicts and ensure sustainable post-conflict transformation. The last part of the course will offer students an opportunity to simulate real-world conflict negotiations and problem-solving efforts experienced by policy makers involved in conflict resolution. There are no prerequisites for the course but the ideal student will have an interest and background in international relations and be a keen follower of current affairs.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS IR 391/PO 246 Democratization: Its History and Future Challenges (4)
    • Comparative perspective on the history of democracy and democratization. Explores conditions, catalysts, and processes of democratic change with a focus on current trends in the democratization debate. Special focus on Iran as a case study.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS PO 202 Introduction to Congressional Policy Making (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 406
    • The purpose of this course is for the student to gain a working knowledge of the US Congress, from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The course features assigned readings and lectures as well as guest speakers, current periodicals, and in-class discussions.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS PO 203/COM CM 556 Strategies for Issue Development and Policy Change (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 321/COM CM 556
    • Focuses on the specialized forms of communication that political professionals use to win public support for their issues, candidates, and policy positions; and teaches concrete planning skills for those interested in influencing public policy using both inside and outside (or grassroots) strategies.
    • Syllabus
  • COM CM 305 Public Relations Inside the Beltway (4)
    • Provides students with an overview of professional principles and practice for public relations in the Washington area with a special emphasis on governmental public relations. Includes an examination of the history, organization, and scope of the public relations field throughout the nation and in DC. Theories, strategies, and tactics of current public relations practice are emphasized as well as opportunities and requirements for work in the field.
    • Syllabus

BU Questrom School of Business students should refer to Questrom’s lists of pre-approved courses before applying.

Internship Course

Students enroll in the following four-credit Internship Course.

Internship placements are contingent upon the student’s past experience, professional interests, and available opportunities in any given semester; flexibility is essential. Course numbers depend on the field of specialization in which the students complete their internships. The Internship Course, also known as “The Washington Experience,” meets weekly and is intended to complement the internship experience by helping students understand Washington culture and hot-button topics in the nation’s capital while grooming them for the possibilities of a career in Washington.

  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus
Program Residence

  • Students live in suite-style apartments with shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas.
  • Two occupants per bedroom and up to 12 students per suite. Each suite has a shared kitchen stocked with cooking utensils.
  • Singles are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • The apartments are centrally located in the Woodley Park area of Washington, DC, just steps from the Washington, DC metro.  Although board isn’t included, there are many nearby grocery stores and restaurants.
  • The apartments have on-site laundry facilities.
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
    • Spring Semester: mid-January to mid-May
    • Fall Semester: April 1
    • Spring Semester: November 1