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Scripps Semester in D.C. Program

Scripps in DC Summer 2021 group
The cohort for the 2021 Summer program of the Scripps Semester in D.C. program.

The Scripps Semester in D.C. undergraduate study away program is a collaboration between the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication. The program, which gives students the chance to study and gain experience in our nation's capital, is also open to undergraduate students in the School of Communication Studies. 

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

During the fall semester, the first four weeks of the term will be spent in a seminar setting, with each week focusing on different topics. (During summer, the first two weeks are seminars.) 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 fall term, students will be immersed in a 10-week internship (practicum) in the D.C. area tailored to the areas of interest and study. All practicums will be 40 hours per week. 

Information Sessions

Feb. 20-22 - More info TBA.

Living Arrangements 

All students will live in furnished apartments on Capitol Hill within walking distance to a D.C. Metro stop. Roommate assignments may include students from universities other than Ohio University.  

Program Dates 

Summer Semester: May 15, 2023 to August 12, 2023

Fall Semester 2023: TBD

This program is offered annually each Fall and Summer.

Application Link 

Students can find the application in the new GO App system in a new window). The application requires students to submit:

  • a personal statement
  • a resume/cv
  • DARS
  • contact information for 3 references 

Application  Deadlines

Summer 2023: March 1, 2023, by 11:59 p.m.

Fall 2023: TBD


Student Testimonials

Scripps in DC is a can't-miss opportunity! But don’t just take our word for it. Hear from former participants.


Emily Gayton

Micah Fluellen 

 Ryan Harroff

Amanda Weisbrod

Julia Fair

Cat Hofacker 

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