Undergraduate students that want to get in the room where it happens in Washington, DC have the option to participate in GW’s Semester In Washington Politics (SIWP) program. SIWP consists of two core classes (with the option to take additional electives), weekly networking events, a professional internship, and an optional mentoring program.
SIWP was founded in 1995 as a hands-on, non-partisan, academic experience for students interested in the political process. The program is comprised of four main components:
"The classes offered in the SIWP program provided a great snapshot into the GSPM Program. It offered me a D.C. internship experience, and the classes I took were transferable to the GSPM program itself so I was already walking in with 6 credits under my belt and it allowed me to take more electives."
Semester In Washington Program Student, Summer 2007
GSPM Political Management, 2011
Semester in Washington Politics alumni have gone on to work for political campaigns, federal agencies, members of Congress, public affairs groups, and state and local government. Some have run for elected office themselves.
In addition to professional and academic opportunities, the SIWP program also provides housing opportunities in GW residence halls. SIWP students also commonly transfer their current financial aid packages to The George Washington University. SWIP staff is available to discuss financial aid opportunities by phone 202-994-4363 or [email protected].
To learn more visit the SIWP homepage.