Washington Connection

Alastair Hamilton
Assistant Director
Alumni Relations and Career Services
Pitt Washington Center
202-386-7988, ext. 205

Washington Connection

GSPIA’s presence in Washington, DC has grown enormously over the last decade, offering a dynamic Washington Center, featuring state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities that connect our D.C.-based staff, adjunct faculty, and alumni with all of us at GSPIA in Pittsburgh. Student programming includes two DC Semester programs, an annual DC Career Trip and access to vast network of alumni in DC working across all sectors.  Washington, D.C. is 189 miles from Pittsburgh as the crow flies—about 240 miles driving distance—and can be reached in approximately four hours by car. It is possible for students to have breakfast in Pittsburgh, drive to D.C. and interview for an internship or job in the afternoon. 

Students – take advantage of Washington, DC!

The Washington D.C. Semester Programs

Since 1999, The Fall D.C. Semester's Global Security and Development Program has provided GSPIA students with an opportunity to spend a fall semester attending classes in Washington, D.C and focusing on global security and development.  GSPIA students have interned with a wide range of D.C. employers including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate, USAID, the CIA, the FBI, the European Union, the Center for Defense Information and many more. In the Spring of 2015, GSPIA launched the Lobbying, Advocacy, and Public Diplomacy Spring  D.C. Semester program, run in conjunction with the Pitt Law School at the University of Pittsburgh Washington Center These courses include many guest speakers who are DC-based practitioners and field trips to Capitol Hill and other locations, providing hands-on DC experience.  

DC Career Trip

Every Spring Break, GSPIA Career Services organizes a career networking trip to Washington, DC.  Students participate in a busy week filled with networking events, career panels, and employer site visits. Past visits have been to the State Department, Pentagon, USAID, GAO, Chemonics, World Bank, and many others!   Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet and network with alumni across all sectors.

Alumni – Utilize the vast GSPIA Network in DC!

More than 1,000 GSPIA alumni are employed in Washington, D.C. and nearly half of our students take their first job there after graduation.  Many prominent D.C.-based alumni serve on the GSPIA Board of Visitors and large contingents of alumni can be found at impressive venues such as the State Department, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the World Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Faculty and staff both in Pittsburgh and at the Washington Center assist students in making connections to alumni who can facilitate the search for internships and jobs, as well as connecting GSPIA grads with fellow alumni working in their field of interest.  Large alumni networking events are held annually in March, June, and October.  Don’t miss out on these opportunities to connect with students & alumni, and stay engaged with GSPIA!


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