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Government DSP DC

Washington, DC, United States

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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The Department of Government offers a domestic study program in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

This program offers students the experience of interning in a political office or organization in combination with a course of study designed to place the individual's internship experience in a general academic perspective. The course work consists of two regularly scheduled seminars (Government 94 and 95) and a weekly journal evaluation of the internship experience.  Students and the professor reside and take courses at an apartment complex situated nearby in Virginia.

The main courses offered in the program generally cover contemporary political affairs, public policy, and political institutions. The precise content of the courses varies depending on the academic specialty of the Dartmouth faculty in residence.

A guest speaker series, which includes people from all areas of Washington, is an important feature that occurs weekly, as well as outings related to the course material.

Participation is open to all students, although the majority of participants in the past have been government majors.


This is a rigorous program that involves working at an internship four days a week, taking two regular Dartmouth seminars, and an independent study focused on connecting the internship experience with the academic study. In addition to working Monday through Thursday, students take classes 2-3 times a week in the evenings. Fridays are reserved for outings, visits to meet with guest speakers, and meetings with the professor.

Students are expected to take the initiative to develop their own internship prospects based on their specific interests prior to submitting applications. The internships need to be connected to politics in some way. Past internships have included working in Congress, executive branch offices, courts, NGOs and nonprofit organizations, lobbying organizations, political consultants, mass media, and development agencies. The faculty director will help identify potential internships based on the list of employers who have taken program students in the past. The faculty director will provide students with a letter describing the program and guide students in writing resumes and cover letters.

Students applying for internships need to tell prospective employers that they are available to work an eight-hour day Monday through Thursday from the end of March to the beginning of June.




Students reside at an apartment complex situated nearby in Virginia.

For more information, please see the department website.

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs in excess of a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  Loan assistance is offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, a visit to the Financial Aid Office is often advisable.


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