Washington Semester Program

The Washington Semester Program began in 1947 and has been educating students for over 70 years. Lehigh University has been a participating institution since 1954. The program is an opportunity for juniors and seniors at Lehigh to immerse in intensive academic seminars in the nation’s capital while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship. Students enroll at Lehigh but spend their semester in residence at American University with peers from the other participating colleges and universities. Students from all majors are welcome to participate in the program. In recent years, the top majors include Political Science, Economics, Business, International Relations, and Journalism.

Lehigh students typically enroll in two 4-credit seminars while partaking in the Washington Semester Program, one 4-credit internship, and an elective course. Officials at American University will assist students in finding a 3 days-a-week internship and will also supervise the internship. In addition, Lehigh students will be provided American University housing and dining options, campus student support services, and programming and student affairs oversight.

An informational session for students interested in participating in the Washington Semester Program in Spring 2021 will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 12 noon (more information will be provided at a later date about this event). A representative from American University will be on campus to discuss all aspects of the program and answer questions.

Further information about the Washington Semester Program is available from Professor Brian Fife, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Lehigh University (blf218@lehigh.edu)  and by visiting American University’s website at https://www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/. Interested students may also wish to direct questions about the program to Terrell Austin, Director of Partner Relations, American University (taustin@american.edu).