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  • Locations: Washington, DC, United States;
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Applications for Spring/Calendar Year open July 1
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Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program features: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Program type: Faculty-Led
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
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UNC Honors Public Policy in Washington

The Honors Public Policy Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs offers Carolina undergraduates a unique learning, living, and internship opportunity in our nation's capital. The Seminar offers students first-hand engagement with the actors and organizations that influence domestic and international affairs in Washington, D.C. The seminar aims to expose students to a range of public policies which influence U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and the country's role in the broader global community. Internship placements provide opportunities for students to apply academic learning, to derive new insights and questions for seminar discussion, and to work directly with substantive policy experts.

The seminar is organized around several key components:
  1. A morning seminar (9:45 am-12 pm) held every Thursday. This seminar examines a range of domestic and international policy issues, including the federal budget, social policy, income inequality and policy, international development and poverty, foreign policy, national security and intelligence policy, universal education, environment and development, and others.
  2. An afternoon seminar (1-3 pm) held every Thursday. This seminar is devoted to examining the role of policy experts (and advocates) in addressing domestic and global challenges, including weekly visits to and/or guest lecturers from government officials, senior fellows in think tanks and policy advocates.
  3. A weekly research skills section (Wednesday evenings) which will provide students mentoring and practice to enhance their research, analytical, writing and presentation skills.
  4. Internship placements (Monday-Wednesday, Friday) with leading domestic and international affairs agencies, policy research and/or advocacy organizations.
Several ‘off-site’ visits are planned, including: a conference of a major policy institute, a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a 2-3 day trip to New York City. Weekly professional development sessions are also a key part of the program allowing you to network with young alumni working in DC.

The program is led by Dr. Daniel Gitterman, Professor and Chair, UNC Public Policy.


Washington, DC plays host to much of the national policy-making in the United States.  Students will attend classes in the city and be housed in Woodley Park, with easy access to the metro to get to internships, site visits, and leisure activities.

Courses & Credits

Students in the Honors Public Policy Seminar earn a total 14 hours of academic credit:

PLCY 352H (Social & Behavioral Science) Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs: Three (3) graded credit hours are awarded for satisfactory completion of the weekly morning seminar, which focuses on a study of domestic and international affairs within the U.S. policy-making process.

HNRS 352 (Social & Behavioral Science) The Role of the Public, Private and Non-Profit Sector in Addressing Policy Challenges: Three (3) graded credit hours are awarded for satisfactory completion of the weekly afternoon seminar, which focuses on the roles of experts and expertise in addressing and solving major domestic and global policy problems. NOTE: HNRS 352 is approved to count for 3 credits toward the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) minor.

PLCY 395H: Research in Public Policy and Global Affairs: Two (2) credits will be awarded for satisfactory completion of the weekly research skills development section to provide students with the mentoring and practice to enhance their research, analytical, writing and presentation skills.

HNRS 393 Internship in Non-profit, Domestic and/or International Affairs: Six (6) graded credit hours are awarded for the successful completion of an internship program at a domestic or international affairs agencies and organizations. Students are expected to work four days per week following a program of work directed by a senior mentor at the host agency or organization.

For an overview of the program and a list of sites that hosted interns in the past couple years, click here.

Note on credit: Honors courses are repeatable for credit, so long as course content is not duplicated. Students who wish to receive major or minor credit for one or more of the courses above (including he internship) should negotiate these arrangements with the director of undergraduate studies in their major or minor department. Credit arrangements should be negotiated and agreed prior to the seminar's starting date.

Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
  • These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
  • You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
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Students will live at The WISH Woodley Park center, located two blocks from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro and two blocks from Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo. The Circulator shuttle bus runs between the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro stop to the heart of historic Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods, as well as Georgetown. On the red-line, the Woodley Park Metro station is one stop from Dupont Circle, three stops from downtown Washington, DC and the White House, and six stops from Capitol Hill.

Apartments have three bedrooms and two full bathrooms to house six students in shared rooms. There are also a limited number of studio and two-bedroom one-bathroom apartments. All apartments are furnished with all utilities, AC, wireless internet, cable TV, free laundry, cookware, dishware, and full kitchen appliances. WISH amenities also include security, daily maintenance, on-site staff, and access to WISH-sponsored social events and classroom space.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are based on operating costs of the program. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.

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Application Process

Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application. Selected applicants may be required to interview with program faculty and staff. 

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More Information

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Daniel Gitterman | Professor and Chair, Public Policy (
Terry Tamari | Program Coordinator (
Gina Difino | Director, Honors Study Abroad (
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

Applications for Spring/Calendar Year open July 1