Brown in Washington

The Brown in Washington program is the product of a partnership between the Swearer Center and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Participants in the Brown in Washington program spend a semester in Washington, D.C., where they intern with a public or nonprofit agency while completing a full (4 credit) course load with faculty from the Watson Institute. 

meet the Brown in Washington Cohorts

The Brown in Washington, D.C. fellowship program offers students a semester in Washington, D.C. during their junior or senior year, interning with public and nonprofit sector agencies and completing coursework complementing their internship placement.

Academic Requirements: Students will enroll in 3 Brown University courses, which will fulfill 16 credit hours during the semester in D.C.

  • PLCY 1823: “Brown in Washington, D.C. Practicum”: 25-hours/week internship placement, (2 credits) S/NC only
  • PLCY 1822: Social Policy and Social Justice: Contestation and Compromise (J. Tambornino)  S/NC or Grade
  • PLCY 1825: The New National Security: Transnational and Cross-Border Issues (D. Wade) S/NC or Grade
  • Junior or senior in good academic standing (open to all concentrations)
  • Demonstrated interest in public service (this can be shown through course work or volunteer/community/professional experience)
  • Completed a year on campus prior to the program

Interested students should also consider program dates for a full timeline. 


Applications to the Brown in Washington Spring 2021 Semester will not be taking place. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle. We will be having an expanded cohort for the Brown in Washington Summer 2021.


Joaquin Romero, Program Manager, Academic Engagement: [email protected].