This program offers students the opportunity to intern in Washington DC, learn about policymaking, and receive mentoring from a St. Mary’s alumni. The coursework focuses on the policymaking process and how different actors seek to push various solutions to political problems in the United States. The course examines the influence and importance of Congress, the executive, courts, business, non-profits, and the media. Combining coursework and the internship, students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the policymaking process. Students apply for the program in January and are selected by the directors. Prerequisite: POSC 100 or consent of the instructor.