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American Studies Program


How does our nation’s capital city work? 

Find out by living and working in Washington D.C. for a semester, experiencing the realities of a lifestyle in public affairs. Choose a public policy or global development track and take coursework in leadership as well as participate in a part-time internship.

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Program Advisor
Dr. Dean Curry, Boyer 456, 717.776.2511 Ext. 2420

Part-time internships in organizations, such as the Department of Justice, White House, Congress, Associated Press, Library of Congress, Christian Legal Society, Samaritan Ministries, Heritage Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institute, give students hands-on experience. Program advisors attempt to place students according to their interests. Explore Internship Opportunities


  • Junior and seniors - will accept some sophomores
  • 2.75 GPA or higher


  • Courses may meet general education or major requirements
  • Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
  • Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements. 

Costs 2014 - 2015

Messiah tuition, room, board plus $1,200 off-campus study fee.

Fee covers:

  • tuition, housing - meals are not included
  • educational excursions
  • pre-departure and re-entry orientation

Note: additional fees students may encounter include local transportation and meals. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Washington, D.C. 


Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


American Studies Program Deadline

Spring 2015 - December 1, 2014

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early


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For more information about Washington, D.C., check out:

Study Abroad American Studies Program Homepage
Study Abroad Smithsonian Institute
Study Abroad US Senate
Study Abroad US House of Representatives
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White House





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