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ASU: Capital Scholars Washington D.C.
Washington, DC, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Social Sciences
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Class Standing:
03 - Junior
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Rachel Giannakouros
College Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Social Sciences)
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Politics and Global Studies
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details



   Quick Facts

  • Application Deadline: November 8, 2018
  • Earn 6 internship credits
  • For students with interest in public policy, a strong work ethic and a passion for new ideas and experiences.
  • May 27 - July 29, 2018
The primary goal of the Capital Scholars program is to help students develop leadership skills that will enable them to be successful in their career, active in the community and involved in policymaking. By supplying the Washington policy community with a reliable and consistent source of bright, hard-working interns, ASU and the state of Arizona benefit, too. Students are selected for the program following a rigorous application process. Successful applicants are serious students with an interest in public policy, a strong work ethic and a passion for new ideas and experiences.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

Washington, DC is a city of colourful and diverse neighbourhoods, filled with shops and galleries, historic homes and small museums, urban parks and spectacular gardens. It is awash with sites to see from the famous icons of the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial to the 555-foot Washington Monument where you can get great views of the city. Beyond the inspiring monuments, the many colourful and diverse neighbourhoods have been revitalised to offer hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music and theatres. (Courtesy of Lets Go)


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and 3.0 major GPA. Students must have completed 45 credit hours on campus by the end of the Fall 2015 semester to be eligible.

If this program sounds like the type of exciting experience in which you wish to participate and want to apply, you can complete the online application using the "Apply Now" button above. The application process requires you to answer questions and to provide information you may want to prepare, scan, or retrieve and have ready to submit. That information includes:

* An unofficial transcript
* A personal statement
* Four current passport-sized photo
* Clear scans of your student ID AND driver’s license or other govt-issued ID (passport if non-citizen)

In addition, students must submit two recommendation forms from academic or professional references. Do not include letters from family members or friends. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You must complete the online application and submit all required supporting documents by November 8, 2016. Once Applications are reviewed, students will interview with a selection committee.


Students earn 6 internship credits and enroll in POS 484.

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Faculty Director

Dr. Richard Herrera
Associate Professor of Political Science
phone: 480-965-1331

Gisela Grant
Internship Coordinator
phone: 480-965-4992

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WISH Housing DC

Program Housing

Students will live in shared housing at the Washington Intern Student Housing at Woodley Park. The apartments house six students each and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All apartments are furnished and include utilities, AC, wireless internet, cable TV, cookware, dishware, and daily maintenance. Amenities include on-site staff, a computer lab, and access to social events. The apartments are centrally located, two blocks from the National Zoo and two blocks from the Metro. It is one Metro stop from Dupont Circle, three stops from downtown Washington DC and the White House, and six stops from Capitol Hill.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.



Cost Information


The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $7,465.

Program fee includes: tuition, program fees, housing, group meal(s), and excursions. Not included: airfare, daily meals, personal expenses, accident/illness insurance, or non-program related optional excursions.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 01/24/2017
Rolling Admission 05/28/2017 07/30/2017
NOTE: Please do not purchase airfare until prompted by your program leader or International Coordinator.
Summer 2018 11/08/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/27/2018 07/29/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed