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Washington Experience
Washington D.C., United States
Program Terms: Spring,
Summer
Restrictions: Furman applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014 10/01/2014 01/15/2015 04/30/2015
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Danielle Vinson - Political Science, David Fleming - Political Science Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Foreign Language Immersion: No
Internship: Yes Program Features: Internship, Service Learning
Eligible Class Status: 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Housing: Apartment
Program Description:

WASHINGTON EXPERIENCE
SPRING SEMESTER 2015

** Now accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Program  **


OVERVIEWDome

This program provides students from all disciplines the opportunity to build on their knowledge and understanding of politics and its relationship to their own field of study by immersing them in the life and culture of Washington, DC, and the real world of politics through an internship in the nation’s capital. Students will participate in an internship 30-35 hours per week, explore Washington culture independently on evenings and weekends, and participate in a service learning project.  They will attend seminars, lectures by political practitioners and elites (examples from past trips include the White House Chief of staff, an academic expert on campaign finance reform, and the ambassador from Pakistan), and field trips (examples include tours of the Pentagon, tours of embassies, and a trip to the Newseum) arranged by the Washington Center* on Monday afternoons.  Under the guidance of the Furman professor, Washington Center program advisor, and internship supervisor, students will establish professional, academic, and personal goals for their time in DC and will document the accomplishment of these goals in a portfolio during the semester.  These experiences will constitute one of the three courses they take in Washington.

To help students connect their internships and experiences to relevant academic perspectives, students will take a course on Fieldwork in Politics taught in the evening by the Furman professor.  In this course, students will read scholarly literature relevant to the area they are working in and reflect on its connection to their work experience and observations in an internship journal.  In addition, students will meet weekly in small groups with the professor to discuss and compare their experiences and to consider what their combined experiences teach them about politics and government, thus encouraging them to use participant observation as a method to study the political world.  Short written assignments for this class will also require students to practice other methods of inquiry social scientists use to study government and politics in the field—content analysis and elite interviews, for example.

ACADEMICSDome 2

PSC 507 The Washington Experience
This course meets the engaged learning requirement in PS or can be used as an upper level elective in PS.
Instructor: Dr. Fleming
Course catalog description: Examination of political, civic and cultural aspects of the American political system while living in Washington, DC.  Includes internship in a government agency or political organization with appropriate academic perspectives. 8 credits (Spring Semester) or 4 credits (Summer).

PSC 505 Fieldwork in Politics
This course is considered an elective in Political Science
Instructor(s): Dr.Fleming
Through internships and related assignments, students employ research methods, test previous political science research, and acquire a deeper understanding of domestic and international affairs. 4 credits.

Campaigns and Elections PSC 280
This course is considered an elective in the PS major.
Instructor(s): Dr. Fleming
An examination of campaigns and elections in American politics. Topics include campaign financing, the presidential nomination process, theories of campaign strategy, and voting behavior. 4 credits.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

While the program will be of particular interest to political science majors, it is open to students in all departments.
Qualified students will be at least second semester sophomores who have had either PSC 101 (American Gov’t) or PSC 102 (World Politics) and at least a 2.7 GPA

ACCOMMODATION & MEALSCourtney

Students will live in apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, near a metro to provide easy transportation.  The apartments have kitchens, and dishes and cookware are provided.  Students are responsible for their own meals.

PROGRAM FEE

Spring Semester Program Fee: Equivalent to the cost of tuition, room and board for a semester on-campus. The payment to Furman will be reduced by the average cost of a meal plan and the expected cost of transportation. Students are expected to use this fee reduction to cover the cost of meals, metro transportation, and travel to and from Washington D.C.

Summer Program Fee: $13,000.  Program costs for this summer program do NOT include meals, round-trip transportation to and from Washington, D.C., or metro transportation within the city. Students should budget approximately $2,000 for these expenses, as well as other personal travel or expenses during the program.


ADDITIONAL STUDENT EXPENSES

Students are responsible for their own food and transportation costs.  Separately, students should expect to pay a non-refundable security deposit directly to the Washington Center approximately six weeks prior to the program start date.