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South Carolina Honors College

Placements and Curriculum

In Washington, you'll work full-time in congressional, executive, judicial or private sector offices. Though you won't be chosen based on your political preferences, now is the time to determine where you stand politically, because we make placements consistent with political philosophy. In addition to your internship, you'll enroll in three courses for a total of 15 honors credits.

The South Carolina Congressional Delegation, with seven representatives and two senators, provides the core of internship placements. However, other recent placements have included:

  • Institute of Peace
  • CNN’s The Situation Room
  • Center for American Progress
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Aspen Institute
  • Department of Education
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Organization for Women
  • House Subcommittee for Africa and Global Health
  • House Committee on Financial Services
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Department of Justice
  • Smithsonian
  • The State Department

Internship Duties

Office work varies widely, from copying and faxing, to giving tours of the Capitol, to answering constituent mail. In addition to routine office work, interns might also take notes for the Congressional office at a committee meeting, attend meetings and hearings or provide public policy research. The job can range from preparing information for news conferences to representing an office at a reception to writing public blogs. The beauty of this program is that you become a member of your office family.

Placements

We accept students who we believe will thrive in Washington D.C. We don't pick students based on placements we have in hand, but rather we try to choose placements that will inspire them to succeed and learn. 

Curriculum

All students enroll in three courses for a total of 15 honors credits. Each course is designed specifically for the Washington Semester Program and stresses experiential, hands-on learning. Students are responsible for checking with their academic and honors advisors to ensure the applicability of these courses to specific degree programs.

Students work full-time — usually 40 hours per week. Students also are expected to participate in a range of activities designed to help them experience D.C. Activities may include a Nationals baseball game, a live taping of a CNN program, performing arts events, museum visits and meetings with important political and media leaders. Students are asked to reflect on these experiences through a series of seminars and blog entries.

Washington D.C. is second only to New York as a theatre market in the United States. For this course, students attend professional theatre productions in D.C. and meet working theatre professionals to learn what happens “behind the scenes.” Students respond to the productions with short reviews and seminar discussions.

Students attend seminars designed to deepen their knowledge of politics and current events. Students also use the resources available to them in Washington to execute a research project of their design.


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