Maxwell in Washington Undergraduate Semester

Maxwell in Washington Undergraduate Semester Launch your career in the nation's capital. Gain real-world work experience through a professional internship and participate in academic seminars taught by seasoned practitioners in international affairs and public policy.

Syracuse University's Maxwell-in-Washington Program provides a mix of policy relevant professional development courses and faculty-supervised internships that fulfill our hallmark emphasis on experiential learning. Nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate students participate in the DC programs in a given year. In the past year, students completed a total of 130 internships at 82 different Washington organizations. Maxwell-in-Washington faculty exposed students to over 150 public policy and international affairs experts representing government, NGOs, think tanks, the private sector, media, multilateral organizations, and foreign embassies. Learn more at: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/dc/

The Maxwell in DC Information Session is approaching fast! Please join us Tuesday, January 28 @ 5:15pm in Eggers 060! Do...
01/24/2020

The Maxwell in DC Information Session is approaching fast! Please join us Tuesday, January 28 @ 5:15pm in Eggers 060! Don't forget to apply for the Fall 2020 semester by Sunday, February 16!!!!!

At the info session you can expect to:
- Hear from Past Participants
- Meet the Director
- Ask Questions
- Get even more excited for studying in DC!

During our second week in DC, we had the opportunity to meet with David Ensor and Richard Wilhelm to discuss human right...
01/24/2020

During our second week in DC, we had the opportunity to meet with David Ensor and Richard Wilhelm to discuss human rights and how the US government addresses international human rights abuses. We then traveled to Human Rights Watch where we met with Bill Frelick to discuss the Human Rights Watch Refugee Program and the challenges refugees face when fleeing their home countries. Afterwards, we went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to bear witness to the genocide that occurred during World War II, to pay respect to the millions of victims, and honor the survivors and their rescuers. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Monday, January 27.

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Maxwell in Washington Undergraduate Semester

On our last day, we presented our National Security Council projects that we all had been working on the whole semester!...
04/26/2019

On our last day, we presented our National Security Council projects that we all had been working on the whole semester! In addition, we also had a couple of students presenting their Senior Capstone projects.

Congratulations to all the seniors who are graduating this May. We can’t wait to hear about your future plans and achievements.

On a final note: a HUGE thank you to Professor Ryan Williams and Samantha for all your hard work into making this semester a great one! Thank you for following our journey this spring, and see you again in the fall.

Can’t believe yesterday was our last traveling seminar! We first heard from Mr. Len Coburn on global energy and climate ...
04/12/2019

Can’t believe yesterday was our last traveling seminar! We first heard from Mr. Len Coburn on global energy and climate change. Then we visited the Embassy of Mexico, where we listened to Ambassador Zabalgoitia speaking about the history of US-Mexico relations. Next, we spoke with Mr. Phil French on the situation in Venezuela. It was wonderful hearing and learning from all the speakers! @ Embassy of Mexico

Yesterday was an interesting day! We visited National Defense University’s Center for Applied Strategic Learning, where ...
04/05/2019

Yesterday was an interesting day! We visited National Defense University’s Center for Applied Strategic Learning, where we attended a stimulation to learn about the US government role in Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Operations. It was great to use and apply what we learned so far this semester in DC into this wonderful learning opportunity! @ National Defense University

I hope everyone had a nice break, and welcome back! Yesterday, we had an interesting discussion with Ms. Nancy Jacobson,...
03/22/2019

I hope everyone had a nice break, and welcome back! Yesterday, we had an interesting discussion with Ms. Nancy Jacobson, the founder and CEO of No Labels, an organization that aims to find political solutions through a “political center.” To learn more about them, check out their Instagram @nolabelsorg .

Next, we spoke with Yasmeen Alamiri, an Iraqi-American journalist and White House correspondent for CGTN. We were all very inspired by her accomplishments!

We concluded our day by speaking with Dr. Connie Freeman, where she shared her knowledge and experience in different countries in Africa, such as working as Economic Counsellor at the US Embassy in Nairobi.

Happy Friday! This week, we focused on South Asia. We visited the Cato Institute and spoke with Dr. Christopher Preble, ...
03/08/2019

Happy Friday!
This week, we focused on South Asia. We visited the Cato Institute and spoke with Dr. Christopher Preble, VP for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, on the future of US policy in Afghanistan. We were also honored to have Ambassador Touqir Hussain come speak with us on US-Pakistan relations and India-Pakistan relations. Then we visited the Embassy of India, where we learned about economic developments in India, US-India partnerships on military and trade.

Also, student spotlights for this semester is coming out soon! 👀 @ Embassy of India

This week is all about American domestic policies. We started off by meeting with Mr. Michael Lewan, a Maxwell alum, whe...
03/01/2019

This week is all about American domestic policies. We started off by meeting with Mr. Michael Lewan, a Maxwell alum, where he spoke to us about his experiences working on the Capitol Hill. Then we traveled to the Hill and met with Congresswoman Shalala, where she spoke with us about the issues she’s addressing, such as healthcare, education, and immigration. We were all so inspired by her! Then we had a tour at the Capitol (shout out to Sarah and Morgan, who are both interning at the Hill this semester, for the tour!) Then we met with Mr. Tim Wang, who works for Congressman Katko, and had a wonderful discussion on issues relating to foreign policy and national security. We also had time to explore the Hill on our own and met with our representatives and senators! @ United States Capitol

This week’s focus is on China. We started off the day speaking Ms. Maesea McCalpin on the new infrastructure development...
02/22/2019

This week’s focus is on China. We started off the day speaking Ms. Maesea McCalpin on the new infrastructure developments across the Eurasian supercontinent, specifically on China’s Belt and Road initiative. Then we visited the Embassy of China and spoke with Minister Counselor Zhou, where we learned about his experiences working as a diplomat and his insight on the Sino-US relations. We concluded the day at the Woodrow Wilson Center to speak with Mr. Robert Daly on some of the challenges facing the Sino-US relations today. @ Peoples Republic-China Embassy

Привет! This week’s focus is on Russia. We started with a tour of the Embassy of Russia and spoke with Mr. Ruben Malayan...
02/15/2019

Привет! This week’s focus is on Russia. We started with a tour of the Embassy of Russia and spoke with Mr. Ruben Malayan, a Senior Counselor there. We also discussed with Mr.Jeffrey Mankoff on US-Russia relations. Then we visited the German Marshall Fund and talked with Mr. Jonathan Katz to learn more about NATO. What a fun and fulfilling day!

Interested? The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 is Feb. 17. @ Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США

This week, we attended the Six-Party Talks stimulation at the Korea Economic Institute. Each of the student played a rol...
02/08/2019

This week, we attended the Six-Party Talks stimulation at the Korea Economic Institute. Each of the student played a role of one of the Six Parties to negotiate nuclear disarmament with North Korea. It was a fun and enlightening learning experience!

If you want to join us next semester, be sure to apply by 2/17! @ Korea Economic Institute

Information Session is on Monday (2/4) 5 pm at Eggers 060. Come join us and learn more about the Maxwell-in-Washington P...
02/01/2019

Information Session is on Monday (2/4) 5 pm at Eggers 060. Come join us and learn more about the Maxwell-in-Washington Program. Deadline to apply is 2/17.

This week, we spoke with Mr. Sina Toossi from the National Iranian American Council on US-Iran relations, and Mr. Nichol...
02/01/2019

This week, we spoke with Mr. Sina Toossi from the National Iranian American Council on US-Iran relations, and Mr. Nicholas Heras on Iraq and Syria. We also went to American University College of Law, where we had the opportunity to meet Mr. Deyaa Alrwishdi, a human rights activist, who spoke about his experience in Syria. It was truly inspiring. We learned so much from all of them!

Want to learn more about what we do in DC? Join us for an information session on Monday (2/4) 5pm at Eggers 060.

This week, we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Richard Wilhelm. We had a great discussion about his experience work...
01/25/2019

This week, we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Richard Wilhelm. We had a great discussion about his experience working in the Navy and the intelligence community, and about Saudi Arabia and Yemen issues. Then we visited Human Rights Watch and talked with Mr. Eric Goldstein about his research missions and accomplishments working with the HRW. Learning about their career paths was very inspiring. Afterwards, we concluded our day with a visit to the Holocaust Museum.

This could be you next! To learn more, attend our information session on 2/4 5pm at Eggers 060 and apply by 2/17.

Come learning about spending a semester in Washington, DC. An information session will be held on Monday, February 4th, ...
01/25/2019

Come learning about spending a semester in Washington, DC. An information session will be held on Monday, February 4th, at 5pm in Eggers 060.

Welcome back! For the first week of Spring 2019 semester, we started off with a discussion with SU alum Siobhan Shiels, ...
01/18/2019

Welcome back! For the first week of Spring 2019 semester, we started off with a discussion with SU alum Siobhan Shiels, who spoke about her experience working with the State Department, the National Security Council, and her Cuban involvement during her time at the NSC. She also taught us about the structure and organization of the NSC. Learning about her career path and accomplishments was truly inspiring! Here's to a great start of the semester!

And we made it to the finish line, folks! The Fall '18 semester has come to a close. We finished our semester by present...
12/13/2018

And we made it to the finish line, folks! The Fall '18 semester has come to a close. We finished our semester by presenting our NSC simulation presentations. It was truly an eye-opening and memorable experience for all involved. Special thanks to Samantha Clemence, Ryan Williams, Jim Keagle, Wayne Morrison, and everyone else who made this semester possible!
This could be you next. Learn more (link in bio). @ Maxwell in Washington Undergraduate Semester

After discussing the current events in Latin America, we spoke to Dr. Angelo Rivero Santos, professor at Georgetown, and...
11/29/2018

After discussing the current events in Latin America, we spoke to Dr. Angelo Rivero Santos, professor at Georgetown, and Mr. Phil French, one of our instructors and a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer.
We had a great discussion about Latin America and U.S. relations, specifically focusing on the implications of the Monroe Doctrine.

Afterwards, we visited the Mexican Embassy to learn about Mexico's history and its current relationship with the United States.

Week 11 was all about climate and energy. We first met with Michael Lewan to talk about the recent midterm elections. Th...
11/14/2018

Week 11 was all about climate and energy. We first met with Michael Lewan to talk about the recent midterm elections. Then Len Coburn discussed how the U.S. gets its energy. Finally we spoke with Melinda Kimble about climate change. Melinda Kimble gave us insightful suggestions to help conserve our planet.

The 10th week of the Program focused on the Middle East with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestine Crisis. We spoke with ...
11/01/2018

The 10th week of the Program focused on the Middle East with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestine Crisis. We spoke with Mitchell Plitnick, former VP of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, diplomats from the Embassy of Jordan (as photographed), and Einat Weiss from the Embassy of Israel!

For the 9th week of the Maxwell in DC Program, we studied public opinion and reaction to various domestic and foreign U....
10/25/2018

For the 9th week of the Maxwell in DC Program, we studied public opinion and reaction to various domestic and foreign U.S. policies. Today, we finished off the week with an engaging discussion with Karlyn Bowman, a Senior Fellow at AEI as well as tour around Fox News. Then, we spoke with Jerry Zremski, a Washington Bureau Chief from Buffalo News at National Press Club to top it all off!

We focused on the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan, and Pakistan for week 8 of our Maxwell in DC Program. We spent most ...
10/23/2018

We focused on the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan, and Pakistan for week 8 of our Maxwell in DC Program. We spent most of the day speaking with Emma Ashford from CATO and Dr. Christopher Preble about U.S.-Middle East relations. Finally, we ended the day at the Pakistan Embassy and discussed U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Gain real-world work experience while studying in the nation’s capital through Maxwell in Washington!Information Session...
10/18/2018

Gain real-world work experience while studying in the nation’s capital through Maxwell in Washington!

Information Session Monday, September 24th @ 5:00pm in Eggers 060
Apply for Spring 2019 by October 1st!

Week 7 was all about China! We had a briefing with Matthew Funaiole from CSIS about Chinese society and its economic pow...
10/11/2018

Week 7 was all about China! We had a briefing with Matthew Funaiole from CSIS about Chinese society and its economic power. Then we visited the Chinese Embassy and met with Minister Counselor Zhou!

For week 6, we focused on the politics of due process. We learned so much about the power of executive orders and Presid...
10/07/2018

For week 6, we focused on the politics of due process. We learned so much about the power of executive orders and President Trump’s orders since his administration. We finished off the week by touring the White House and visiting Congressman Katko’s office on Capitol Hill. We also met with Legislative Assistants, Dylan Sodaro and Alex Johnson, as well as Legislative Aide Joel Cohen to learn what it's like working on the Hill.

Today was a very interesting day: We did a simulation of the 6 Party Talks (USA, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China...
09/27/2018

Today was a very interesting day: We did a simulation of the 6 Party Talks (USA, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan) regarding the demilitarization and de-nuclearization of the region. Korea Economic Institute was kind enough to host us for the simulation and provide us with lunch!

It's week 4 and it's was all about Russia's involvement in the international community! We explored Russia's perspective...
09/20/2018

It's week 4 and it's was all about Russia's involvement in the international community! We explored Russia's perspective as well as studied the U.S.A.'s views regarding certain issues and events around the world and how this affects relations. We finished off this week by visiting the Russian Embassy; Diplomat Ruben Malayan was kind enough to give us a tour around the embassy and answer any questions.

Gain real-world work experience while studying in the nation’s capital through Maxwell in Washington!Information Session...
09/14/2018

Gain real-world work experience while studying in the nation’s capital through Maxwell in Washington!

Information Session Monday, September 24th @ 5:00pm in Eggers 060

Apply for Spring 2019 by October 1st!

This week, we focused on the crisis in Syria and how different individuals and organizations dedicate themselves to help...
09/13/2018

This week, we focused on the crisis in Syria and how different individuals and organizations dedicate themselves to help the people affected by the crisis. We visited the United States Institute of Peace and spoke with Sarhang Hamasaeed about his contributions in the USIP's goal of stability and peace in the region. Afterwards, we talked with Deyaa Alrwishdi about his personal story as a Syrian living in Syria when the crisis started and his mission through his NGO to help others like him.

We started off this morning by discussing the important work of analysts with Richard Wilhelm. Then we went to the Human...
09/13/2018

We started off this morning by discussing the important work of analysts with Richard Wilhelm. Then we went to the Human Rights Watch to listen to Elizabeth Evanson's work in the organization and the work Human Rights Watch does for the global community. We finished off the day by paying tribute to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was a very touching and informative experience -- we must educate ourselves and others of this tragedy in human history to create a more loving and diverse global community.

The first week of Fall 2018 Maxwell Washington Program was all about the inter-workings of the NSC and its role in forei...
09/13/2018

The first week of Fall 2018 Maxwell Washington Program was all about the inter-workings of the NSC and its role in foreign policy. We capped off this week with a visit to the NSC and met with the Director for European Affairs, Baltics, Balkans, Central Europe, and Black Sea and the Director of Russia to discuss how to be a good analyst and how domestic politics influence foreign policies. Afterwards, we took a quick picture in front of the White House!

Gain real-world work experience while studying in the nation’s capital through Maxwell in Washington!Information Session...
09/13/2018

Gain real-world work experience while studying in the nation’s capital through Maxwell in Washington!

Information Session Monday, September 24th @ 5:00pm in Eggers 060

Apply for Spring 2019 by October 1st!

Kicked off this semester with a visit to the Supreme Court during our orientation! We had a very informative and enjoyab...
09/13/2018

Kicked off this semester with a visit to the Supreme Court during our orientation! We had a very informative and enjoyable morning! Did you know that the Supreme Court Building was not built until 1935? That is 159 years after our country was founded!

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