The College of William & Mary American Politics Institute is an eight credit academic program composed of an accelerated course and an internship in the DC area. The coursework will be taught by Instructor Jaime Settle and involves intensive instruction from academic experts and political figures to explore the inner workings of political polarization and how it has changed the nature of political groups, parties, media, and office holders. The internship involves undergraduate student fellows witnessing and interacting firsthand with policymakers in the formation of American political practices through internships at Washington, D.C. think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and political agencies.
Fellows also are expected to develop a deeper knowledge of a topic in American politics by completing a research paper due at the end of the summer. In addition, fellows will receive career guidance by the institute professor and Washington Center team, and network extensively with area alumni.