Life in DC
Washington, D.C., is the city at the heart of our nation and the perfect place to spend your undergraduate years.
The Georgetown area gives the University an intimate neighborhood feel while being directly adjacent to one of the most exciting cities in the world. Georgetown University students live in the idyllic northwestern corner of D.C. On the Hilltop sits a picturesque campus teeming with Hoyas; step outside the front gates, and you’ll find yourself only several blocks from bustling M Street, the heart of the Georgetown district. M Street boasts of nightlife, restaurants for an international palate, and shopping at local and international stores. Just a few steps farther and students will find themselves on the Georgetown Waterfront with views of the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument in one direction, and of the Key Bridge and Healy Hall in another. A four-mile loop will take students, walking or running, to the National Mall for close up views of the monuments and the historic Smithsonian Museums.
A short walk, cab ride, Uber, or metro trip beyond the edge of Georgetown delivers students to the doorsteps of D.C. Stop at the White House, take a tour of the Capitol building, and check out the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. You and your friends can attend a baseball game at Nationals Stadium, a concert at the 9:30 Club, or walk through the Smithsonians or one of the many nearby museums.
Internships in D.C.
Our location also makes SFS students prime candidates for interning in D.C. while they study on campus. “Hillternships” or internships on Capitol Hill, are popular entry routes into government for SFS students interested in working with their senator or congressional representative. In addition to interning on the Hill, SFS students pursue internships with other government departments, international nonprofits headquartered in D.C., and with major local consulting agencies, among many others.
Preston Marquis (SFS’16) majored in International Politics concentrating on international security. He interned for several semesters with the FBI in both the Strategy Management Office and with the National Security Branch Executive Staff.
“As an FBI Intern, I contribute to an organization that shapes both criminal justice and national security policies. It’s a program where I apply what I’m learning in the classroom in a professional setting. I credit the SFS for helping me unlock this opportunity, which has, in turn, allowed me to explore and develop my interest in public service,” said Marquis.
Bethan Saunders (SFS’17) is an International Politics major concentrating on international security. She has interned across the government, nonprofit, and consulting fields in D.C., most notably with the White House Council on Women and Girls in the spring 2015 semester.
“My White House internship was a once in a lifetime experience. Within the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Women and Girls, I worked closely with a passionate and dedicated team to ‘open the doors of the White House’ to engage with state elected officials and national advocacy leaders on issues affecting Americans across the country. Through my internship, I learned the importance of teamwork, leadership and public service in making a difference and advancing the President’s agenda,” said Saunders.
Jason Petty (SFS’17) is an International Economics major earning a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. He has interned across the government, banking, and nonprofit sectors, working with the Department of Education, the Department of State and USAID, FINCA – a microfinance and development bank, and the American Bar Association.
“My biggest takeaway from my internships has been to be a direct, efficient communicator. Be it communicating deliverables deadlines to asking questions about assignments, your managers will appreciate the directness and efficiency by which you make yourself heard. And further, being a direct communicator enables your managers to greater trust your input because you consistently deliver honest feedback. I think interning has enabled me to better see myself, what I care about, and what the world offers for me and anyone else,” said Petty.
With its abounding professional, recreational, and academic opportunities, the SFS location in D.C. creates a unique learning environment conducive to a comprehensive, hands-on education in international affairs. What better place to study global dynamics than in one of the most influential cities – in politics, economics, business, and society – in the world?