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Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Application Deadline

March 1 at 11:59pm

For more information contact:

Robert Stewart

Timothy Goheen

Keely Davin
Global Opportunities


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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 in the Woodley Park neighborhood. The apartments are located just a few blocks from the National Zoo and is across the street from a DC Metro Red Line stop. It's a safe and convenient location and includes restaurants, cafes, shops and DC attractions and museums within walking distance. 

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

Program Dates 

Fall Semester 2020: August 24, 2020 - December 12,2020

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


4 of the following courses will be offered during Scripps term in DC. Coursework will be completed during the first four weeks onsite. The internship will take place for the remaining 10 weeks onsite.  

12 credit hours from 4 of the following classes: (exact offerings may change year to year)  

  • VICO/JOUR 4001x/5001x Covering DC 
  • VICO/JOUR 4002x/5002x  Communication Business 
  • VICO/JOUR 4003x/5003x Data Reporting and Use 
  • VICO/JOUR 4004x/5004x Data Visualization 
  • VICO/JOUR 4005x/5005x Image 
  • VICO/JOUR 4007x/5007x Strategic Communication 
  • VICO/JOUR 4008x/5008x Broadcast in the Capital 
  • VICO/JOUR 4009x/5009x Social Media 

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.   

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

  • VICO/JOUR 4926x/5926x Practicum/Internship 

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

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.