This is a program in DC. Does that mean I need to be a Political Science major?
Not at all. While some of our students are political science majors, we do get many students each semester who have majors in other fields such as management, art history, or journalism. These students pursue interests very much removed from politics. While DC is a very political town, there are a lot of other industries here–from tech companies to hotel companies–whatever your interest, DC has something for you. Additionally, we have three different programs that are all geared towards different majors. To learn more about the programs offered, please click here.
Will credits earned apply towards my major?
You will be earning BU credits and we encourage you to check with you advisor or department about how credits and courses will apply to your major.
Does BUDC follow BU academic calendar?
For the most part. We have the same days off throughout the semester but our start and end dates tend to be different.
How much does the program cost?
The cost varies by the program. Please visit the individual program’s page for its cost.
What is my weekly schedule like in DC?
Students that have internships spend Monday-Thursday working at their internship on a 9-5 schedule and then take classes at night. Fridays are reserved for events and the weekends are usually free. To get an idea of the typical daily schedule, please click here.
How does the summer in DC program differ from other programs?
The summer program is shorter than our other programs and there are less credits offered. The program is also less expensive than our other programs.
Is my internship arranged for me, or can I set one up on my own?
If you would like to arrange your internship on your own, you can. But we also have an experienced and knowledgeable Program Manager here to help. If you would rather have her help you through the process, she can. Either way, the two of you will work together to make sure that the internship is the right fit. This begins immediately following your placement into the program where our program manager will arrange a special internship meeting with you where you will discuss your interests and the process.
How likely is it that I will find an internship that's right for me?
Very likely, if not guaranteed. Washington has an enormous amount of internships available that cover every interest–from the arts to hotel management to technology to government, whatever your interest, we will find something for you.
Can I take a paid internship?
Paid internships are allowed only on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee a paid internship will be allowed. Students that are interested in pursuing a paid internship should speak to the Program Manager.