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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. Classes take place in a seminar room at AURA (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy). 

This program offers students the experience of working 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 reside and take courses at an apartment complex situated nearby in Virginia.

The main courses offered in the program vary depending on the academic specialty of the Dartmouth faculty in residence. It is expected that the courses being offered will cover contemporary political affairs, public policy, and political institutions.

A guest speaker series, which includes people from all areas of Washington, is an important feature that occurs weekly.

The majority of participants in the past have been government majors.


The daily demands of the internship are rigorous and, combined with the academic requirements, the program is intensive and exciting.

Students are also encouraged to take the initiative to develop their own internship prospects based on their specific interests prior to submitting applications. For those students unable to develop prospects on their own, a list of employers who have taken program students in the past is available from the Government Department. Prospective offices can be told that they have the use of students during the day Monday through Thursday, and the students will be doing their academic work in the evening and Friday through Sunday. In the past, students have held internships of varying levels of responsibility in the House of Representatives, the Senate, executive offices, courts, lobbies, consulting groups, and mass media organizations. The faculty director can assist students in obtaining internships with House and Senate committees and subcommittees.




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. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.

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