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)

  • ​Intro Public Policy (PLCY 0100) or equivalent offering from other departments​

  • Completed a year on campus prior to the program

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


We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline is April 6. Please note that you are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation along with your application and the letters are also due on April 6.


Jennifer Romano, Academic Program Consultant,

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