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Why GSP?

As a scholar in the Global Scholars Program, students will engage in global policy-focused experiential learning through various professional and academic courses and internships. 


Packaged academic and professional development offerings:

  • Starting in the fall semester, cohort-specific social and academic activities including meals, panels, field trips, and networking.
  • A fall integrative policy and research course in pressing global topics Including but not limited to: Chinese development finance, digital inclusion and governance, global health, international security, and human rights.
  • An immersive D.C.-based winter break seminar focused on site visits and industry experts from the global policy world. Includes meeting with policymakers from the Defense Department, State Department, the National Security Council, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • A spring break study abroad trip to Brussels and Paris (spring 2024 location TBD).
  • A summer internship with the flexibility to occur virtually, in Washington, D.C., or internationally. 
Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of the Global Scholars Program, students will:

  • Develop a portfolio of professional and research-related materials
  •  Be matched with two W&M alumni mentors to support their career objectives. 
  • Learn to converse with confidence with policymakers on a range of current global issues. 
  • Apply global policy and theory to professional, industry-based situations. 
  • Evaluate their professional experience to determine future career path. 
  • Additionally, students have the opportunity to present to W&M stakeholders, alumni, and others in a symposium-style culminating event.