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. For a semester, participants in the Brown in Washington program live in Washington D.C. and intern with a public or nonprofit agency while completing a full course load.

meet the Brown in Washington Cohorts

The Brown in Washington 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.

Academic Requirements: In Spring 2020, students enrolled in 3 Brown University courses for four credits.



  • 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

Betsy Shimberg, Director of the Brown in Washington Program and Senior Associate Dean of the College for Co-curricular and Experiential Learning ([email protected]).