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Maxwell in Washington, DC

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network with the largest Maxwell alumni community outside of N.Y.

take undergraduate or graduate courses while working in D.C.

learn from practitioners and scholars who advise on and drive international and national policy

Academic Programs

Learn while you work in the nation’s capital. Our headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in midtown Washington, D.C., is the perfect launching point for your academic and career goals.

Experiential learning in Washington, D.C.

From condensed intersessions and semester-length programs to a complete master’s degree, Maxwell offers undergraduate and graduate programs with experience-building connections in Washington, D.C.

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Maxwell’s partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., provides unique opportunities for Maxwell students, including instruction from fellows, top practitioners and, recently, U.S. Army General Mark Milley. 

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Maxwell has partnered with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to launch the Syracuse University Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship Institute in Washington, D.C., with veteran journalist Margaret Talev as its founding director.

Robert Daly being interviewed on CNN
Robert Daly, adjunct professor in the Maxwell-in-Washington program and director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, says China is moving from authoritarianism to techno-totalitarianism on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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Heather Fischer is senior advisor for human rights crimes at Thomson Reuters Special Services, where she advises the company strategy to use data for good. 
Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., is pursuing an executive master’s in international relations through the Maxwell-in-Washington program based at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Maxwell School’s partnership with CSIS places students in  midtown Washington—at the center of the nation’s capital. Take a tour of Maxwell’s D.C. campus in this short video.
Carolyn Bourdeaux

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux ’03 built a career analyzing and teaching public policy—and now she’s making policy. Bourdeaux won her seat in November 2020 following a close race in Georgia.

In the Mix: the Center for Strategic and International Studies

With offices for our faculty, leadership and academic and career advisors, as well as a dedicated student space, our D.C. headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is also home to an array of lectures, alumni events, classrooms and a media lab.

CSIS is top-ranked, bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges. The Center hosts more than 500 speaking events annually, including foreign cabinet ministers, heads of state, civil society representatives, journalists and business executives.

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Roza Vasileva

I am Maxwell.

Maxwell gave me a push—especially through the internship at the World Bank—to explore ICT for development. I took classes in international programs and foreign affairs, all in the evening, while earning credit for the World Bank internship during the day.”

Roza Vasileva ’13 (M.P.A./M.A. in international relations)

ICT and open data consultant, The World Bank

Read more about Roza’s experience

The Maxwell Alumni Network

Maxwell has more than 12,000 graduate and 19,000 undergraduate alumni worldwide, with one of Maxwell’s largest communities being in Washington, D.C.

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Maxwell sponsors events in D.C. that bring students and alumni together, serves students and alumni seeking employment in public and international affairs, and connects students and alumni with peers in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the work of Maxwell alumni as citizens and public servants, to fostering their affinity for the school and to providing opportunities for professional and personal networking.

Maxwell in Washington, D.C.
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