The Glenn College can help you launch your career in Washington.

The Glenn College offers a new program giving students the opportunity to complete their MPA while gaining professional experience in Washington, D.C.

Questions? Please contact the Director of Washington Programs Katy Hogan at or 202-403-8537.

How does MPA-DC work?

The Master of Public Administration Washington, DC (MPA-DC) program is a living/learning/interning experience for graduate students in the second year of the John Glenn College MPA program. Students complete coursework in Columbus in their first year. In their second year, students move to Washington and take up internships as John Glenn Graduate Fellows in federal agencies, Congressional committees, think tanks, consulting firms, federal contractors, advocacy organizations and other substantive policy positions while completing their degree through a combination of online and in-person courses. Glenn Graduate Fellows will meet all of the requirements of the MPA programs by completing 52 credits over the course of the full-time program. Find a sample plan here.

Why should I consider MPA-DC?

Participants in the MPA-DC program can get a head start on launching their career in Washington with the support of the Glenn College. Glenn Graduate Fellows will have the benefit of faculty and alumni mentorship, as well as other Glenn College programming in Washington. The Glenn College has offered programming for undergraduate students in Washington for nearly 20 years—we are excited to leverage our expertise to build a unique opportunity for graduate students. After studying and working in Washington, students will be more competitive for employment opportunities.

Students will receive a high degree of support in their placement from experienced DC-based Glenn College staff and will be able to tap into the rich Ohio State alumni network that exists in Washington. Internship placement is customizable by student interest, and could include:
  • Federal Agencies: USDA, GAO, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Think Tanks: Brookings, Center for Strategic International Studies, AEI
  • Capitol Hill: Congressional committees and personal offices
  • Consulting firms and federal contractors
  • Government affairs and advocacy groups
Glenn Graduate Fellows will intern four days per week (approximately 32 hours) while taking coursework. Students will also engage in experiential learning opportunities together to expand their Washington perspective and make necessary contacts in the area for career growth.

How do I apply?

Students applying to the MPA-DC program will submit an online application via the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at Students will select the Master of Public Administration program on the application (Master of Public Administration = PUBADM-MPA), and through that application, students interested in MPA-DC will complete two additional essay questions to elaborate on their interest in Washington. Please follow the regular MPA application instructions in the Application Checklist.

Students interested in MPA-DC are strongly advised to apply by the Glenn College’s priority deadline of December 1st, 2019 for full merit-based funding consideration. The final deadline to be considered for MPA-DC is May 1st, 2020. Learn more about the application process in the Application Checklist

Are there MPA-DC program fees?

There are no additional fees to participate in MPA-DC.

Will participating in MPA-DC affect my residency?

Students who have established Ohio residency for tuition purposes will remain Ohio residents during their second year in Washington.

Is there funding available?

At this time, students accepted to the MPA-DC program will receive a $4,000 MPA-DC scholarship for their second year in Washington, DC. Students with second-year funding that exceeds $4,000 are ineligible for this award.

Two Glenn Graduate Fellows will receive a competitive funding award inclusive of tuition and most fees for both semesters of their second year, and a monthly stipend of $1,920 (2018-19 rates). These awards will be made after the Autumn 2019 semester. Students receiving the competitive funding award will forfeit the $4,000 MPA-DC scholarship.

Can I participate if I have a University Fellowship?

Students who win a University or Graduate Enrichment Fellowship will receive funding from the Glenn College for their second year in Washington. Funding is inclusive of tuition and most fees for both semesters of their second year and a monthly stipend of $1,920 (2018-2019 rates). Students who have a second-year full funding award are ineligible to receive the $4,000 MPA-DC scholarship.
Meet the Glenn College DC Team

Amanda Girth, PhD, Director of Washington Studies

Dr. Amanda Girth is the Director of Washington Studies and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Dr. Girth is in-residence in Washington providing academic support to students and teaching the cohort’s DC-based courses. She lived and worked in Washington for a decade prior to joining the Glenn College faculty in 2011, which makes her uniquely poised to mentor MPA-DC students. Dr. Girth is a policy expert in government contracting and a public management scholar whose work is published in the field’s top-ranked academic journals.
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Katy Hogan, Director of Washington Programs

Katy is based in Washington, D.C., and collaborates with the Director of Washington Studies to design and execute the John Glenn College’s MPA-DC program. Katy coaches students through the internship placement process, prepares them for year 2 in Washington and provides on-program support. She also designs programming and matches MPA-DC students with alumni mentors, and teaches the Washington Navigator skills course. Katy also provides oversight to the Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP), a semester-long opportunity for Ohio State undergraduates, as well as over the Glenn College Alumni Outreach Committee in Washington.

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