About Us

Maxwell-in-Washington 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 a typical 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.


Maxwell-in-Washington hosts undergraduate students both fall and spring semesters and graduate students year-round, including during the summer and intersession (January and May) periods. In partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the number one think tank in the nation, the Maxwell-in-Washington program also offers the Executive Masters in International Relations (EMIR), an interdisciplinary program designed for mid-career professionals in the government, non-profit, and private sectors.

We also host a wide range of events during the year including career/professional development training, policy-relevant lectures, and networking events for students and alumni.


Maxwell-in-Washington courses and events are held at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616 Rhode Island Ave., NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The Maxwell School maintains an office suite on the fourth floor of CSIS with space for DC-based and visiting faculty and staff as well as a dedicated space for students. Learn more about CSIS.

Syracuse University maintains a strong presence in our nations capitol.  Learn more about SU in DC.

Faculty and Staff

The Assistant Dean leads and manages all aspects of the program, assisted by a full-time Assistant Director, a full-time Program Coordinator and two part-time Program Coordinators. We currently employ twenty adjunct faculty members, all DC-based public policy and international affairs professionals/practitioners. Learn more about our staff and faculty.


Syracuse University is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000. Syracuse University is also licensed by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission to offer courses and instruction, including distance education, leading to the award of certificates, diplomas, or degrees.