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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Communication, Journalism, and Media

Program Feature

  • Internship


  • United States

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Semester

For more information contact:

Timothy Goheen
Program Director- VICO

Andy Alexander
Program Director- JOUR

Office of Global Opportunities



The Scripps Semester in DC program is a collaboration between the School of Visual Communication and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. 

The program gives students the opportunity to learn from industry professionals working in the nation's capital, focusing on journalism (print, broadcast, data and photojournalism), strategic communication, commercial photography, information graphics, data visualization, publication design for print and digital, and scripting a UX design. 

The first four weeks of the term will be spent in a seminar setting, with each week focusing on different topics. For example, one topic will explore how media members cover Washington, D.C., events and influences. Those participating in the program will meet with a wide range of industry professionals from media outlets, tech firms, communication-related operations of government, and non-profit organizations working in the Washington, D.C. area. Additional topics will include: 

  • Multimedia storytelling 
  • Data journalism and visualization
  • Ethics 
  • Strategic communication 
  • Photojournalism 
  • UX design 

During the second part of the term, students will be immersed in a 10-week practicum in the D.C. area tailored to the areas of interest and study. All practicums will be 40 hours per week. 

You can follow what current Scripps in DC students are doing here: 

Scripps in DC on Twitter 

Scripps in DC on Instagram 

Living Arrangements 

All students will live in furnished apartments within walking distance to a DC Metro stop.

Roommate assignments may include students from universities other than Ohio University.  

Program Dates 

Fall Semester 2021: August 22, 2021- December 11, 2021.

This program is offered annually each Fall. Information for the Summer term program can be found here

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


12 credit hours from 4 classes listed below.

  • VICO/JOUR 4001 Covering DC 
  • VICO/JOUR 4902 Semester in DC: Seminar I
  • VICO/JOUR 4903 Semester in DC: Seminar II
  • VICO/JOUR 4904 Semester in DC: Seminar III

Each course will have an intensive week-long seminar during weeks 1-4 and will have grading and work products due throughout the remainder of the program dates.   

3 credit hours for JOUR/VICO from the course listed below: 

  • VICO/JOUR 4926 Semester in DC: Practicum

During week 5 onsite, students will begin their internship placements.  These placements are expected to be full time for the remaining 10 weeks.   

Students will work with the onsite Director of Scripps in DC, Hebah Abdalla, to prepare for the internship application process.  


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, pre-loaded metro card, excursions, National Press Club Membership, welcome and farewell dinner. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 12-20 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020 (Fall 2021 budget coming soon)

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Preference given to juniors and seniors. Students must also have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Program open to Journalism majors or minors and VisCom majors only. 

In addition to the online application, students must include a personal statement explaining how participating in a Washington D.C.-based program fits their career goals, a resume, a list of three references (at least one being a faculty member from their department) and a copy of their DARS. An interview with one of the Program Directors will also be required. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.