Are you interested in studying and interning in Washington, D.C.? The Washington Semester is a program that brings students from across the nation to study at American University.

An informational meeting about the Washington Semester will be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 17, in Room 210, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Among the semester programs are: American politics, economic policy, education policy and special education, foreign policy, international business and trade, international environment and development, journalism, justice peace and conflict resolution, public law, transforming communities and visual and performing arts.

Students undertake a full semester of work — much of it combining field work and research resources in the D.C. area with seminar-oriented classes. In addition, all students undertake a part-time internship in the governmental, private or nonprofit sector that relates to the focus of the program. Four courses (16 credits) are given for the semester and the credits are transferred back to UST.

Because UST is affiliated with the Washington Semester program, students who have financial aid packages may, in some instances, apply these toward the cost of the program. The Washington Semester has a limited number of partial scholarships for nominees who wish to apply for financial aid to be able to attend.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2000 semester. Students who will be either juniors or seniors are encouraged to apply. The UST deadline for completing application materials is March 15, but earlier applications are encouraged.

For more information, contact the UST Washington Semester faculty representative, Dr. Robert Farlow, Political Science Department, (651) 962-5722, Room 427, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, rlfarlow@stthomas.edu; or Washington Semester student ambassador Jason Adkins, (651) 962-7664, jaadkins@stthomas.edu.