the washington center: integrated science and policy internships

The Washington Center and SUNY Geneseo are pleased to offer a residential program in Washington D.C. that includes a nearly full-time internship, an academic course taught in the evening, and the Leadership Forum, which includes a speaker series, a meeting with a member of Congress or his/her senior staff on Capitol Hill, tailored Science, Technology, and Society programming, civic engagement opportunities and career development activies. 

Fast Facts:

Program Type:Study Away
Term/Duration:Fall/Spring Semester or Summer
Spring 2014 Program Dates:January 22, 2014 - May 5, 2014
Summer 2014 Program Dates:May 28, 2014 - August 9, 2014
Fall 2013 Program Dates:August 28, 2013 - December 14, 2013
Credits:Full-time
Semester Program Fee (Est):$5,085
Housing (Est):$5150 (Semester Program); $4200 (Summer Program)
Semester Tuition:$2935 In-State; $7660 Out-of-State
Application Deadlines:Spring: November 15; Summer: March 1; Fall: April 15

 

 

Program Overview

The Integrated Science and Policy Internship Program will be composed of the following elements: the internship (4 - 4.5 days/week), academic course (3 hours/week), and Leadership Forum.  Students will also participate via the internet in lectures, discussions, and research projects through Geneseo's Integrated Science Center as well as in other science and research-based activities.  This program offers 12 hours of academic credit (9 hours in internship and 3 hours of academic coursework at The Washington Center).  Three additional hours of credit can be arranged individually with Geneseo faculty if student and faculty agree upon additional requirements.  Academic and residential staff offer support throughout the program, and an academic advisory board from Geneseo and other SUNY campuses provide oversight for the academic program. 

Internships

Internship placements will prepare students for professional positions in government, industry and nonprofits, as well as for graduate education.  This program will benefit students from any SUNY university majoring in physical and biological sciences, or other science, social science or policy majors.  Internships are 32 to 36 work hours each week with at least 80% of a student's time spent on substantive, non-clerical work, such as:

  • Researching legislative and policy issues on scientific matters
  • Researching survey data and analyzing reports
  • Synthesizing research, translating information, and creating educational materials and concept papers

Internship placements can be in government agencies, corporations, or non-profit organizations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federation of American Scientists, Department of the Interior, Environmental and Energy Study Institute, National AIDS Network, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, World Health Organization Regional Office, and many more.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available to qualified applicants in the following amounts:

  • $3000 awarded to up to five(5) SUNY Geneseo students per year (Spring - Summer - Fall).  The $3000 scholarships are sponsored by the Office of the Provost at SUNY Geneseo. Preference will be given to Geneseo students participating in the "Science, Technology, and Society" program at TWC.
  • $2000 awarded to up to five(5) students in STEM internships per year (Spring - Summer - Fall).  The $2000 scholarships are sponsored by TWC, and are for student participating in the "Science, Technology, and Society" program at TWC.

In both cases, the scholarship amounts will be deducted from the student's tuition (SUNY Geneseo) or Housing Fee (TWC).  Please see Program Cost pages for details.