The Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs offers Carolina undergraduates a unique 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 global 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.


Key Components

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This seminar examines a range of domestic and global policy issues, including the federal budget, social policy, income inequality and policy, global development and poverty, foreign policy, national security and intelligence policy, universal education, environment and development, and others.

Afternoon Seminar

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.

Internship Placements

Students intern with leading domestic and global affairs agencies, policy research and/or advocacy organizations.

Off-Site Excursions

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 3 day trip to New York City. Weekly informal professional development sessions are also included.


PLCY 352H: Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs

Three (3) graded credit hours are awarded for satisfactory completion of the weekly morning seminar, which focuses on a study of domestic and global affairs within the U.S. policy-making process.

HNRS 352: The Role of Experts and Advocates in Solving Public Policy and Global Challenges

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.

HNRS 393: Internship in Public Policy and Global Affairs

Six (6) graded credit hours are awarded for the successful completion of an internship program at a domestic or global 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 live in apartments in Washington DC. All townhouses or apartments are located in close proximity to metro stations. The apartments are fully furnished and include on-site laundry facilities, cable TV, and wireless internet access. Students share a room in an apartment building with multiple suites.

Additional Resources

Students may apply online for this program through the Study Abroad Office.

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For additional information, please view our PDF and visit Honors Carolina. For a short video on the program, click here.  You may also contact:

Dr. Daniel P. Gitterman
Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy
Faculty Director, Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs
Senior Fellow, Global Research Institute (GRI), UNC-CH

Ms. Gina Difino
Director, Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad

Ms. Mary Edwards (Burch DC ’14)
UNC Public Policy Student Services and External Affairs