Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program
2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261
Director: Dr. Joan Burton
The Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program is an innovative internship program designed to equip undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become leaders in an increasingly globalized society. The program is a collaborative academic initiative between the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of International Affairs, with stakeholders across the University. The program aims to increase student involvement in and access to opportunities within the global arena. The program combines a fall academic seminar on global leadership and policy related to a specific theme, supported by additional coursework, and a spring semester internship experience in the Washington, D.C. area. Classes bring students in contact with professionals who share their knowledge, expertise, and perspectives. The spring internship placements are with international organizations, federal agencies, foreign embassies, and NGOs. The program is open to students from all majors. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in the global arena are encouraged to apply. The Program provides a lively, engaged community of students and supportive alumni.
Students who successfully complete all program requirements will earn a "Global Semester DC Fellow" notation on their transcript.
The Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program consists of four primary components:
The Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Seminar: UNIV389 (3 credits, fall semester). Students in the program choose from two seminar courses based in global leadership and policy and designed especially for program participants. The courses are taught by expert practitioners and provide a deep understanding of global leadership and policy related to a specific theme. Guest speakers offer additional real-world perspectives.
The Internship: UNIV389K (3-6 credits, spring semester). The experiential internship course offered by the Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program enables students to earn credits for their professional experience in the global arena. Students registering for UNIV 389K will provide signed confirmation of an internship position, submit guided journal entries, and complete a final reflective report on their internship experience. (Important note: Students may substitute another departmental internship course, offered in the student's major or elsewhere at the University, for UNIV389K in the Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program.)
Supporting course work: To round out the Global Semester experience, two additional UMD courses, approved by the program, are required of students participating in the program. These courses complement the fall seminar and spring internship by providing greater depth and context to the academic experience (6 credits). With permission, courses completed prior to beginning the program may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Supplemental Activities: Throughout the year, students attend workshops and roundtable discussions and participate in off-campus activities, including visits to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, to learn more about real-world applications. Program staff offer one-on-one consultations regarding cover letters, resumes, and interviews.
Minimum requirements: Students in the program must have completed 45 credits by the end of the semester in which they apply and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. For further details and application see www.globalsemesterdc.umd.edu .
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