Washington Seminar

See government up close and personal with this unique summer program in Madison and Washington.

Interested in learning what makes state and national government tick? Apply for the Washington Seminar, a 3-week study away program and unique opportunity to see public policy first-hand in Madison and Washington, D.C.

The Washington Seminar, led by UW faculty, provides an insider’s perspective on  policy-making and access to congressional and executive leaders, lobbyists, and other policy influencers. This program is a unique opportunity for students thinking about an internship or career in Washington, D.C.

Earn College Credit

Students from all majors are invited to take this hands-on course exploring areas such as the environment, energy, health, the economy, and social justice issues. Students will earn three credits through UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha that are easily transferable throughout the UW System.

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Program Details

  • Meet face-to-face in Madison and Washington, D.C. May 30 – June 17, 2023
  • Course fee of $3,185 includes airfare, housing, Metro card, and one daily meal
  • Led by University of Wisconsin faculty
  • Scholarships available
  • Deadline to apply March 1, 2023

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See detailed overview, student feedback from previous Washington Seminars by clicking on the corresponding year below:


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Washington Seminar Scholarship

WIPPS raises scholarship money each year for Washington Seminar students.  Our goal is to help students with financial need to have the opportunity to interact with policy makers in Madison and Washington.

For more information about available scholarships, please contact us here.

To donate to the Washington Seminar scholarship fund, click here.

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