Washington-in-Washington Public Service Program

Washington-in-Washington Public Service Program ("Washington PSP") is part of UW Law’s larger Washington-in-Washington program, designed to strengthen our alumni network and increase the school’s public presence in Washington, D.C. Washington PSP is a competitive program that allows UW Law students to spend summer quarter learning and working in our nation’s capital.

Students selected for this program are designated "Washington Fellows" and are placed in externship sites such as federal government agencies, courts, Congress, non-profit organizations, and think tanks.

Washington Fellows have the opportunity to explore traditional and non-traditional career options, with a particular focus on public service and non-profit work. They also become part of a UW Law’s vibrant and growing alumni network in D.C.

Externship Placements:

In Summer 2012, the inaugural year of the program, students were placed at the following sites:

  • U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
  • U.S. Senator Patty Murray
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section 

Academic requirements:

Students may receive up to 15 academic credits for Summer Quarter and must satisfy all requirements of the Externship Program, including enrollment in the required General Externship Perspectives Seminar, which will be taught in Washington, D.C. by members of the UW Law School faculty and involving leading public service lawyers and figures.

Extracurricular enrichment activities:

In addition to the required seminar, UW Law will host additional activities in Washington, D.C. including:

  • Tours of important government buildings
  • Meetings with key people (senators, representatives, judges, government officials)
  • Receptions, lunches, dinners with local alumni

Application Information:

Application information for Summer 2014 will be posted soon.

However, students may apply independently to non-Washington PSP sponsored sites, pursuant to approval by the Externship Program.

Note: Externs and interns in Washington, D.C. who are not part of the Washington PSP are eligible to participate in some program activities.

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