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Learn how to work effectively within the dynamic federal policy environment.

Coursework prepares students to navigate the dynamics of the federal policy environment and inner workings of Washington, D.C. 

Many graduate students are interested in a Washington career but face difficulty navigating the job market from Columbus. Additionally, students studying business, public health, engineering, law or social work, among other programs, may envision a career path that closely interacts with the federal sector, or federal policy. In these cases, this coursework should be considered as a tool for your success.


An internship component (which may be waived for students with relevant experience) allows students to live and work in Washington for a semester while preparing for employment within the federal sector, or at corporations that do business with the federal government.

Enrolled graduate students can also complete coursework as a certificate.


The 12 credit hour minor focuses on skills and knowledge that assist in navigating and/or leading within federal administrative or policy organizations, or businesses that work with the federal government.


Choose one course based on your preference.

  • PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation, 4 credit hours, Online
  • PUBAFRS 6050: Managing Public Sector Organizations, 4 credit hours, Online
  • PUBAFRS 5620: Rapid Innovation for Public Impact, 4 credit hours, In-Person
  • PUBAFRS 6060: Managing Human Resources in Public Organizations, 4 credit hours, Online

Skills Courses

These courses are required, one credit hour and offered online.

  • PUBAFRS 5545: Make a Difference in Washington
  • PUBAFRS 6530: Negotiation

Core Coursework: Federal Policy and Management

These courses are required, 3 credit hours and offered online.

  • PUBAFRS 7600: Federal Policy and Administration
  • PUBAFRS 7610: Follow the Money: Making Sense of the Federal Budget

Internship Component

The D.C.-based internship component (20-30 hours per week) can build your resume, connect you with important Washington contacts, and serve as a foot-in-the-door for those starting their career in the federal sector. 

Internships may be waived for students based on relevant pre-existing experience or current job placement. 

Questions about the internship? Contact the D.C. team.


Learn more about the graduate minor in Federal Policy and Management.

Students enrolled in an Ohio State graduate program outside of the Glenn College with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can add the minor.

Students must attain a grade of B or better in each course to earn the minor.

    Once you have gathered your application components listed below, apply for the program here.

    Your application must include: 

    • Transcripts
    • Resume
    • Personal statement about how the certificate advances your professional goals and why you want to participate


    Shortly after application submission, candidates may be asked to interview with a member of the Glenn College’s D.C. Office. The objective of the interview is to better understand candidates’ interest and ensure their professional goals are aligned with the structure of the minor. 

    Candidates will be assessed on their academic ability and demonstrated interest:

    • Can the candidate succeed in the required coursework? This criterion is assessed based on GPA and academic record.
    • Does the candidate demonstrate strong interest in federal policy and management as a complement to their field of expertise and/or career in the federal government? This criterion is assessed based on responses to essays and the interview.

    The Federal Sector Internship component is a highly valuable experiential learning opportunity for those looking to gain relationships and experience.

    Waiving the Internship Requirement:

    Those with a permanent position using this program as a way to boost their skills and understanding may not want or need an internship placement. This requirement will be waived for students with:

    • At least one year of full-time professional experience relating to the field of federal public affairs including experience such as the development and implementation of public policy, public management, nonprofit management, international relations, or government relations.

    Finding an Internship:

    While participants are ultimately responsible for securing their internship placement, they are provided a significant level of support in the process.

    Students are encouraged to find placements in federal agencies. Congressional offices, committees and think tanks are also potential internship sites.

    Paid Placements:

    The Glenn College expects graduate and professional students to secure paid internships, but this is a matter of personal circumstance. Students might be able to use external funding, should that be available to them through their respective department or other sources.


    Students will secure housing in Washington on their own; however, Glenn College staff can share resources to support the housing search. Washington offers a wide range of short-term housing options for a variety of needs.

    The Glenn College invests in academic programming and in-residence support for students. Three faculty and staff work full-time in Washington to provide students, and our partners, with comprehensive on-the-ground support.

    In addition to having the support of a D.C.-based team, participants will engage with Ohio State alumni and in the greater D.C. community through organized programming and events. Students will be provided structured ways to build their networks and connect with mentors in their chosen field.

    Participants will also be matched with an alumni mentor. Mentors provide an added layer of support, and the program is designed to connect students to a more experienced alum who can help students broaden their professional networks, enhance their classroom experience and prepare for the job search process.


    Attend an Information Session

    A virtual information session for those interested in the online Federal Policy and Management Graduate Certificate or Minor program at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.