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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Sophomore, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Liberal Studies Domain: EL
Study Abroad Contact: Julianne Angeli How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Capitol Hill

Interested in a career in government, politics, or international affairs? John us in Washington DC as we visit several organizations and engage with DePaul alumni and key professionals as a part of Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs.

Washington DC is both the nation’s capital, as well as the epicenter of government, politics and international affairs. While the schedule for 2021 is currently in development, we plan to visit a variety of Congressional Offices, government agencies, non-profit organizations (NGOs), research institutes, news organizations, and private sector groups. Pending availability, there may be an opportunity to attend hearings held in the U.S. Congress, as well as the deliberations of the House and the Senate.

There will be a wide variety of site visits such as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Institute of Peace, The Council of Foreign Relations, The Washington Post, and The United States Agency for International Development, among others. Students may engage with alumni and industry professionals through panels, lectures, and networking events. In addition, you will also have the chance to plan your own visit to an organization/person of your choosing with the help of your trip co-leaders.

Furthermore, you will have some time to explore the city on your own and to participate in fun/cultural group outings such as the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as a variety of memorials and monuments.

Whether you are interested in working in government, politics, and/or international affairs, Washington DC has something to offer everyone. Career opportunities in these fields abound-- set yourself up for success in your future career and apply to be a part of the inaugural class for Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs!

As this is our inaugural year, the schedule for 2021 is still under development. Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs consists of two 2-credit courses connected by a career trek and is EL-credit pending. Financial aid and scholarships are available--Scholarships up to $1,000 available for eligible students!


Libby Woodard is the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement and Internships and the employer liaison to the Education, Nonprofit, and Government Career Community within the Career Center at DePaul University. As a previous Experiential Learning Coordinator, Libby counseled students and alumni through career coaching appointments, workshops and presentations. Now, she serves the DePaul population through internship development, employer relations and creating opportunities for students within the education, nonprofit and government sectors.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Recreation and Resort management and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership from the University of West Florida. In addition to her education, Libby has over 2 years of career services experience and 7 years of additional professional experience.

Scott Hibbard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He lived and worked in Washington DC for twenty years prior to coming to DePaul in 2005. At DePaul he has taught courses on American Foreign Policy, International Relations, Middle East Politics, and Religion and Politics (among other topics). He has also taught at the American University in Cairo (2009-2010) and at Swarthmore College (2005).

Hibbard received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (2005), and holds advanced degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc Political Theory, 1989), and Georgetown University (MA Liberal Studies, 1988).

During his time in DC, Hibbard worked as a Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace (1992 to 1997) and as a legislative staff member in the United States Congress (1985-1992), where he worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Hibbard is the author of Religious Politics and Secular States: Egypt, India and the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, September 2010), and co-author (with David Little) of Islamic Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy (Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1997). He is also a co-editor (with Aminah McCloud and Laith Saud) of An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, March 2013).


All students will be enrolled in the following courses:
Course UIP 330: Careers on the Hill
Credits 2 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Taught by Scott Hibbard
Course description Interested in a career within government, politics, or international affairs? The opportunities for new talent are both numerous and multifaceted. This course will prepare you for a career in our nation’s capital in a variety of public and private industries and institutions. From understanding yourself to understanding the industry landscape and trends to career opportunities and the skills/qualifications necessary to be successful in this line of work, you will have the opportunity to learn about career paths and begin to build your network in Washington, D.C.
During your time in D.C, you will engage with DePaul alumni/industry professionals as you learn about career paths, clarify your career interests, and build your network on “The Hill.” Upon your return, you will take UIP 335 – Landing a Job on Capitol Hill.
This course is part one of a two-part series, Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs, which includes/is connected by a career trek to Washington, D.C. over spring break. You must apply and be accepted into Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs in order to enroll in this course.
This course will have six 2-hour class meetings during the quarter.

Class Meeting Dates and Times: TBD
Course UIP 335: Landing a Job on Capitol Hill
Credits 2 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2021
Taught by Libby Woodard
Course description Having just returned from a week on “The Hill,” you will be ready to reflect on your experience, share your insights, and start thinking about your job or internship search in Washington, D.C. While there are a wide range of employment opportunities, securing a position on Capitol Hill is competitive. This course will help to position you for success in your search. Building off of what you learned in UIP 330 and your week in Washington, D.C., you will develop a customized search strategy for working or interning on "The Hill," taking into account industry-specific trends, rules, and best practices.
This course is part two of a two-part series, Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs, which includes/is connected by a career trek to Washington, D.C. over spring break. You must apply and be accepted to Washington DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs in order to enroll in this course.
This course will have four 2-hour class meetings during the quarter.
Class Meeting Dates and Times: TBD
Additional course information Washington, DC: Careers in Government, Politics & International Affairs program must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Hotel accommodations are double occupancy in Capitol Hill, walking distance to the Capitol, Union Station, and the U.S. Senate Office buildings.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

Scholarships up to $1,000 available for eligible students!


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

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DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 11/01/2020 12/01/2020 TBA TBA