Washington DC Placement Program

We are in the process of exploring partnership opportunities in Washington DC to enable the resumption of the DC program. However, please note we will not be offering this program in 2023.

Offered in the Australian summer break (January to March), the Washington DC Placement Program offers an unrivalled opportunity to live, study and work in the seat of American power and witness first-hand the workings of the US government.

Students at Capitol Hill, Washington DC
Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Undergraduate Students from the University of Western Australia, the University of Sydney Business School and students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney are eligible for the nine-week placement program.

You will:

  • Gain invaluable international experience
  • Learn about the intricacies of American business, politics and culture
  • Network with business and government leaders
  • Receive credit towards your degree
  • Complement your studies through a professional placement

You will complete three compulsory units of study and receive up to 12 credit points towards your degree. To complement your study, you will complete a professional placement in a leading organisation, which includes placements in congresional offices on Capitol Hill, in think tanks and local government.

Students will travel with a member of staff for the first four weeks of the program who will provide program and internship support.

The Washington DC Placement Program was developed in 2011 by the US Studies Centre in partnership with the University of California Washington Center (UCDC). The program is offered to University of Western Australia students through a partnership between the US Studies Centre and the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia.

Hear from Cheran Ketheesuran and Jeanne Shu — participants in the 2019 Washington DC Placement Program — as they talk about their experiences working in the US capital whilst living and studying at a US college.