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 coursework 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 or 4 Brown University courses and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester in D.C., including a practicum and reflection seminar.​

  • PLCY 1823: “Brown in Washington, D.C. Practicum”: 25-hours/week internship placement, S/NC only

  • ​PLCY 1822: “Brown in Washington, D.C. Reflection Seminar”,  S/NC only

  • Spring 2017 Policy Seminar: PLCY 1821 “Bilateral and Multilateral Policy and Diplomacy”,  S/NC or Grade

  • Optional: Independent study (4-credit) - 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 are live for Spring 2019!

Priority deadline: October 19, 2018
Regular deadline: November 2, 2018

The application consists of five sections:

  1. Personal information
  2. Academic & Campus Experience
  3. Bio, Resume & Personal Statement
  4. Placement
  5. Recommendation letters (two letters, due on either Oct. 19, 2018 for priority consideration or Nov. 2, 2018 for regular consideration)

Recommenders can email their recommendation to Alternatively, they can mail hard copies of the recommendation letter to:

Allen Hance
Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service
25 George Street
Providence, RI 02912

Note: It is the student's responsibility to reach out to their recommenders and provide instructions with how to submit a letter of recommendation for this program. The program staff will not reach out to recommenders to follow up on a missing letter of recommendation.


Jennifer Romano, Associate Director of Academic Programs,

Program email,, or phone, (401) 863-2338