USF in Washington D.C. Program

Administrative Office
McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common , Room UC 300
Phone: (415) 422-5662

The USF in Washington D.C. program is a semester-long program offered in conjunction with American University (AU) in Washington D.C. and sponsored by the McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. This program offers students an opportunity to learn and serve in the nation's capital.

Participating students will intern with an organization in Washington - e.g., the Congress, federal agencies, or an NGO national headquarters -- while taking classes at American University. Coursework includes: a policy seminar (8 units), an internship (4 units), and a research project or elective (4 units). Students concentrate in one of 12 program areas including: American Politics, Contemporary Islam, Economic Policy, Foreign Policy, International Business and Trade, International Environment and Development, International Law and Organizations, Journalism, Print and Broadcast Media, Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Law, and Transforming Communities.

The program is open to all USF students with at least sophomore standing and 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students complete an application to be accepted into the program and are required to have completed at least an introductory course relevant to their area of concentration before they leave for Washington. Students register for the coursework taken at AU through USF, so the units and grades completed apply fully to their USF degree requirements. Housing and meal plans are available through AU.

Interested students can get more information from the McCarthy Center, (415) 422-5662, and also by visiting the McCarthy Center website: / or American University's website: 

Suzette DeGrange, Senior Associate Director for Multicultural Recruitment and Retention