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Semester in Washington, D.C.

The School of Diplomacy, in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation, is pleased to offer Seton Hall’s Semester in Washington, D.C. Program. Through this program, undergraduate and graduate students of all majors can pursue competitive Washington, D.C., based internships while maintaining their Seton Hall financial aid packages and full-time student status. The School’s Office of Internships and Career Development assists students with the internship search and connects them with alumni mentors in the D.C. metro area who are working in fields related to students’ interests.

Washington, D.C., internship hosts have included:

  • Council of Americas
  • International Council of Beverages
  • Association
  • Interpol
  • National Defense University
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
  • Local embassies and offices of U.S. Senators and Congressmen


Capital Immersion

Undergraduate and graduate students immerse themselves in the political, social and cultural dynamics of our nation’s capital by participating in our Semester in Washington, D.C., Program.

Lucas Della Ventura headshot.

"Coming to Washington, D.C., has been one of the best decisions of my life. Having class taught by veteran field practitioners such as a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, has been great. It doesn't feel like a class, it feels like an apprenticeship. Their insider knowledge, experience and candor have helped all of my classmates and I understand the D.C. political environment."

Lucas Della Ventura
Undergraduate Student


During their semester in Washington, students engage with prominent D.C.-based professionals and institutions that influence international policy. Through seminar style classes, students examine the causes, consequences and possible solutions to today's global policy challenges.

Students not majoring or minoring in diplomacy and international relations should consult with their departments about how the D.C. program coursework fits into their academic plans.

A comprehensive list of course descriptions can be viewed in the undergraduate and graduate course catalogues.

Coursework includes:

  • DIPL 3115/7115    The Washington Experience Study Tour: Actors, Institutions and the Policy Process (3 credits)
  • DIPL 3116/7116  Washington Seminar on Global Policy Challenges (3 credits)
  • 3111  Internship Course Undergrad I/Language course (3 credits)
  • 4111 Internship Course Undergrad II (3 credits)
  • 7111 Internship Course Grad I (3 credits)
    • and/or *
  • 7112 Internship Course Grad II (3 credits)
    • Total number of credits undergrad (12 credits)
    • Total number of credits grad (9 or 12 credits)
Note: In addition to the above coursework, an independent study course is also needed for undergraduate students who wish to maintain full-time enrollment status.


Christopher Whatley Classes are taught at the United Nations Foundation, location one block from The White House, by Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States Chris Whatley.

Before joining UNA-USA, Mr. Whatley served as Washington Office Director and Deputy Executive Director of The Council of State Governments (CSG), representing elected officials in all 50 states and the six territories on Capitol Hill, forging ties between American states and their counterparts in Canada and Mexico, and serving as an appointed advisor to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Take the Next Step

Contact the Director of Internships and Career Development, Catherine Ruby to learn more or to participate in an upcoming information session.  

Contact Us

Catherine Ruby
Director of Internships and Career Development
(973) 275-2203
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