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 Fall 2020 Semester are now closed. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle.


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