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in a typical year, our students intern at 150 D.C.-based agencies and institutions

build professional and personal relationships that last a career or a lifetime


our fall cohort is a dynamic mix of early- and mid-career professionals from four different institutions

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

Sample Course Offerings (Fall 2021)

Students typically enroll in two evening seminars and complete a full-time internship during the day. Although more challenging to handle with a full-time internship, some students may decide to enroll in three evening seminars. Please note that these schedules are tentative and subject to change. Syllabi are posted to the D.C. Program Blackboard as soon as they are available.

The Frontier of Finance: Digital Currencies, Security, and Development

Global Sustainability & Development: Policy Impact at the National Level

China's Rise and Challenges to the Global Order

From Fragility to Resilience: New Approaches to Global Development

Economic Statecraft

Strategic Foresight for International Relations

Issues in Public Diplomacy

African Conflicts: Causes and Consequences

For Maxwell Students

U.S. Intelligence Community: Governance and Practice

This course meets on our Syracuse campus and is only available to D.C. students online.

Washington Internship

Students can earn up to three credits working as an intern (usually unpaid) for an agency or organization that focuses on issues of global development or global security.


Syracuse students pay graduate tuition plus an administrative fee. Fletcher, GSPIA and Korbel students pay regular tuition and fees to their home institution.
Kristen Patel

To Syracuse, DC, Hong Kong and back

Distinguished alumna Kristen (Kris) Patel is the Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in D.C. and Syracuse. With more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, Patel returns to Maxwell directly from HSBC’s Compliance Office in Asia-Pacific, where she built and managed regional financial crime intelligence capability for one of the world’s largest banks.

Kristen Patel ’90 Econ/PST

Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs

Read the full announcement 

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