Where movers and shakers move and shake.
Multimedia & Journalism Program in Washington, D.C.
When it comes to journalism and communication, there’s no other place quite like Washington, D.C. It’s one of the world’s most important media centers and arguably the most important political center. Intern and study there for a semester through this unique BU Study Abroad program for graduate and undergraduate students in print, magazine, broadcast and multimedia journalism.
Students seem to really like it here: a majority of our graduate students return to work and live in the area after completing the program. Of course, you don’t have to be into politics—Washington is a thriving, diverse, international, cultural and social center that draws all types of people for all types of reasons. But if you’re a political or policy newshound or if you care about the issues society is grappling with, you’re in for the ride of your life.
Bolster your background.
Your primary option is interning at a news organization, government or non-government office, think tank or other issues-focused entity. Past internship partners have included Voice of America, Meet the Press (NBC), CNN, Fox News, PBS, NPR, the federal government and other for-profit and private organizations.
Interview newsmakers, report on Congress and gain valuable experience. Get to know working journalists and other communications professionals at national, state or local news organizations, both on the job and in the classroom. The program is designed to help you meet important people in the industry, including thousands of BU alumni in the Washington area.
Meet our alumni. A lot of them.
The D.C. area has one of the highest concentrations of BU alumni of any metropolitan area—around 12,000, rivaling New York City and Los Angeles. The D.C. program has built a network of alums not only in politics and government but also across many other fields. We’re especially well-represented in journalism and communication. You’ll find BU alums at the D.C. bureaus of the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, National Geographic, Voice of America, many PR firms…the list goes on. And they’re active in the BU D.C. program. Very active. They make great sources of knowledge now and great contacts for your career in the future, making this program the quintessential networking experience.
Energize your studies.
BU D.C. is a lively, energetic program focused very much on you and your career. It’s one of BU’s smaller Study Abroad programs (maxing out at 35 students), so there’s more individual attention and mentoring. Often, the mentors are dedicated alumni who serve on committees that work with students. Other times, they may come from our stellar BU D.C. faculty, including Elliott Francis, weekday anchor at WAMU (D.C.’s NPR affiliate), and Susan Milligan, a Capitol Hill insider who has worked for US News & World Report, Washingtonian magazine and the Boston Globe.
As part of the program, you’ll enroll in a core BU course focused on government and the media. Other relevant courses include Beat Reporting, Government & the Media and the Washington Experience Internship course. There are also other journalism- and communication-related courses offered at George Washington University (fall or spring). You’ll have one-on-one sessions with instructors and attend weekly sessions with area alumni that will give you first-hand exposure to the insights of key Washington policymakers in government, the nonprofit world, the international sector, media and K Street (lobbying).
Upon successful completion of the semester, you’ll earn 16 BU credits (four courses) during the fall and spring semesters, and eight credits during the summer term.
Experience like no other.
Internships and building a work portfolio are more important than ever. Our Washington program helps you take the vital next steps.
It’s also a rewarding experience in and of itself. If you’re passionate about an issue, you’re right where you can do something about it. The city is home to government experts, NGOs, think tanks, news agencies, scholars and universities and an international community that make things happen. Do research, find stories, advocate for an issue, do some good writing, make a documentary—there’s no limit to the opportunities. And we already talked about all the metropolitan area has to offer outside of classes and politics.
With experience like this, who knows? You may very well join all the BU alumni who come back and keep D.C. moving and shaking.