The The Burch Field Research Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs offers Carolina undergraduates a unique ‘study abroad’ learning, living, and internship opportunity in our nation’s capital. The seminar offers students first-hand engagement with the actors and organizations that influence domestic and international affairs in Washington, D.C. It aims to expose students to a range of public policies that influence U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and its role in the broader global community. Internship placements provide opportunities for students to apply academic learning, to derive new insights and questions for seminar discussion, and to work directly with substantive policy experts.
This seminar examines a range of domestic and international policy issues, including the federal budget, social policy, income inequality and policy, international development and poverty, foreign policy, national security and intelligence policy, universal education, environment and development, and others.
This seminar is devoted to examining the role of policy experts and advocates in addressing domestic and global challenges, including weekly visits to and/or guest lectures from government officials, think-tank senior fellows, and policy advocates.
Students intern with leading domestic and international affairs agencies, policy research and/or advocacy organizations.
Several group excursions are planned, including visits to a National Press Club conference, a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a 2-3 day trip to New York City. Weekly informal professional development sessions are also included.
Three (3) graded credit hours are awarded for satisfactory completion of the weekly morning seminar, which focuses on a study of domestic and international affairs within the U.S. policy-making process.
Three (3) graded credit hours are awarded for satisfactory completion of the weekly afternoon seminar, which focuses on the roles of experts and advocates in addressing and solving major domestic and global policy problems.
Six (6) Pass/Fail credit hours are awarded for the successful completion of an internship program at a domestic or international affairs agency and organization. Students are expected to work four days per week following a program of work directed by a senior mentor at the host agency or organization. Students who are able to use the internships to fulfill major or minor requirements may elect to receive a grade for three of the six credit hours.
Students live in a townhouse or apartments in Washington DC. All townhouses or apartments are located in close proximity to metro stations. The townhouses or apartments are fully furnished and include on-site laundry facilities, cable TV, and wireless internet access. Students share a room in a townhouse or apartment building with multiple suites.
Students may apply online for this program through the Study Abroad Office.
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Dr. Daniel P. Gitterman
Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy
Faculty Director, Burch Field Research Seminar in DC
Senior Fellow, Global Research Institute (GRI), UNC-CH