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UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is launching the Washington Program, a two-week intensive course in Washington, DC, this May. Students will meet some of the nation’s top public servants, researchers, and journalists to learn about pressing public policy issues.

Katie Cahill
Katie Cahill

Students in all programs and at all levels are welcome to apply. Katie Cahill, associate director of the Baker Center, will be the primary instructor for the course. Students can request academic credit for the program through their home departments.

“This is an experiential educational opportunity for students to learn about the real world of policymaking in the nation’s capital,” she said. “I’ve led similar programs, which often result in students obtaining internships or eventually finding careers in DC.”

During the program, students will develop a policy brief on a topic of interest to them. Their briefs will be shared with policy makers and posted as a student publication on the Baker Center’s website.

Steve Scully
Steve Scully

Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor for C-SPAN, will serve as a co-instructor for the course. Scully is a regular host of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and served for nine years on the executive board for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Students will be housed in small apartments at the University of California’s Washington Center, located at 16th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, just blocks away from the White House.

The facility includes a computer lab, small gym, lounge and outdoor patio, laundry area, and 24-hour security. Dupont Circle and a grocery store and pharmacy are all within walking distance.

The estimated program fee is $1,995 in addition to mini-term tuition. The fee includes round-trip bus transportation to DC, Metro passes for DC transportation, a “Monuments by Moonlight” tour, a UT alumni reception, course materials, most meals, housing at UCDC, and access to a computer lab. Scholarships are available for the program fee.


Katie Cahill (865-974-8681,

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