The University of Notre Dame Washington Program offers students the ability to study off-campus, becoming immersed in the political and cultural life of Washington DC. In the semester-long program, students take classes focused on politics and policy as well as intern part-time. The Program not only affords students an opportunity to experience big city living and culture, it provides students with a unique opportunity to gain work experience and engage in career discernment. Sophomores and Juniors of any major and college are eligible to participate and the Program can accept 16 students for each semester.

The Notre Dame Washington Program is part of the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) Consortium, where students live and take classes. Students live in apartments in a vibrant neighborhood in downtown Washington DC, close to their internship sites and cultural opportunities. The modern, furnished apartments include ample study space as well as access to computer and classroom facilities. Students will earn 15 credits for the semester, including 3 credits for their internship. Many work in government offices, Congress, non-governmental organizations, the media, and cultural institutions. As part of the Program, students engage in weekly policy visits with offices and institutions across the Capital District. Together the internship experience and networking opportunities provide our students with an unparalleled jumpstart on their career. Returning students rave about the Washington Program being one of Notre Dame's best kept secrets!


“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in the political life is a moral obligation…The Catholic call to Faithful Citizenship affirms the importance of political participation and insists that public service is a worthy vocation…We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world.”  

—U.S. Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (2007), #13, 14