You will travel to Washington, DC to build understanding in both the political process and policymaking. You will meet with recent, mid-, and late-career USD alumni, among others, to understand how a degree from the Department of Political Science at USD can launch your career in Washington, DC. You will learn what USD alumni wish they would have known, experience some of the diversity of careers available to you, and see how the sausage is made.
- Gain knowledge about the practical (as opposed to theoretical) political process from inside the hall of of the US capital
- Better understand the bureaucratic policymaking process by talking to USD graduates who work at high levels of the US federal bureaucracy
- Learn more about how policy ideas come from the private sector to the public sector by talking with policy researchers
- Synthesize experiences through daily journaling and post-program reflection
May 12-17, 2018
POLS 492 How the Sausage Gets Made: Politics and Policy in D.C., 3 credits (syllabus)
- CJUS 492 How the Sausage Gets Made: Politics and Policy in D.C., 3 credits
POLS 100 or equivalent
After we have admitted you to this program, CAGE will register you in the appropriate course (if more than one option is available, you will need to indicate your choice on the Course Registration Form). You will not be able to register yourself in WebAdvisor.
Participants will stay in shared hotel accommodations arranged by the program.
Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.
To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible. NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer.
Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.
If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.
This program is intended for students majoring in political science, criminal justice, and international studies. Students from other majors may be considered on a space-available basis but they will not be eligible for support from the Farber Fund.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
Ed Gerrish is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of South Dakota. He previously lived and worked in Washington, DC. His research focuses on government performance systems, in particular how to optimize performance while avoiding unintended behaviors. He received his Master's degree and Ph.D. from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. Prior to returning to graduate work, Ed analyzed the costs and benefits of regulatory decisions for federal agencies and organizations.
For general inquiries, contact the faculty director (Ed.Gerrish@usd.edu) or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To schedule an advising session with Søren Peterson in CAGE, go to http://tinyurl.com/USDabroad-smp.
After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.