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GW in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Region

The George Washington University’s strategic location in the heart of the nation’s capital affords unparalleled opportunities and resources for learning and research. Those opportunities are found in government agencies, embassies, national museums, performing arts centers and professional associations. Our faculty members work to cultivate initiatives, events and relationships that benefit the GW and external communities.

Arts and Sciences

  • The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has a long and robust relationship with the Smithsonian Institution. That link includes:
    • Internships for museum studies students
    • Collaborations by hominid paleobiology faculty and students and the National Museum of Natural History
    • A 100-year-old relationship between GW’s Department of Biological Sciences and curators at the Museum of Natural History; and
    • A partnership between GW’s programs in fine arts and art history and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
  • The Department of Forensic Sciences has partnerships with numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement groups, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Virginia Division of Forensic Sciences, the Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory and the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office.
  • The Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting, trains professional actors through a partnership between the Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the Department of Theatre and Dance.


  • As part of their coursework at GWSB, tourism and hospitality management students learn the business of running a food-service operation.  Students have helped to prepare, serve, and host dinner for nearly 200 guests at Miriam's Kitchen, a Foggy Bottom nonprofit that provides free, homemade meals and other services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women each year.
  • A group of GWSB students had the experience of driving city buses in a simulator room and felt what it was like to walk through a subway car that had left its tracks through a hands-on learning session to understand the operations of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  The behind-the-scenes program involved students from two operations strategies classes and two supply chain strategy classes.

Education and Human Development

  • Through the Community Counseling Services Center, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development provides counseling services to the public and strengthens the hands-on learning experience for GW counseling students.
  • The Literacy Cooperative Program trains up to 21 new D.C. teachers a year so they may address issues aimed at improving urban teaching and ensuring high-quality literacy instruction.
  • The D.C. Urban Teaching Residency Academy is designed to close gaps in teacher education practice in urban settings by providing new teachers with strategies for addressing student learning needs.
  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development has more than 10 teaching partnerships with public schools in Washington, D.C.; Fairfax and Loudoun County schools in Virginia; and Prince George’s and Montgomery County schools in Maryland.

Engineering and Applied Science

  • Environmental engineering faculty and students use one of the world’s largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory even as they improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • A doctoral student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science helped create most of the code for Scantegrity, a joint project of several universities creating a “voter-verifiable” balloting system that combines optical-scan technology and allows voters to verify their ballot was counted.

International Affairs

  • As part of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Knowledge Lab, master’s degree students in the Elliott School’s security policy studies program presented an assessment of how changing demographics in a particular part of the world are affecting military power and U.S. national security.
  • The Security Policy Studies program runs simulation exercises, working with both the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide students with a window into real-life security decision making.
  • Elliott School students work and intern in many of the U.S. and international organizations that are just blocks from the GW campus, including: World Bank, U.S. State Department, the White House, U.S. Congress, International Monetary Fund, Amnesty International, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.


  • Founded in 1971, the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics provide members of the local community with critically needed legal services while giving motivated law students the opportunity to experience the practical application of law. The clinics help students develop skills as negotiators, advocates and litigators.
  • Under the auspices of Professors Mary Cheh and Joan Schaffner, the Animal Welfare Project raises awareness of animal welfare issues and promotes legislative changes to advance animal welfare and improve the lives of animals in the District of Columbia.
  • The Criminal Justice Reform Project conducts research and analyzes laws that affect the ability of persons released from prison to re-enter and re-integrate into the community.

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

  • M.D. and physician assistant students participate in a student-run clinic, Bread for the City, that provides health care for uninsured D.C. residents.
  • The Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) is a yearlong service-learning team experience that provides health-related services in Washington, D.C. Many of the clients for these services are underserved or uninsured individuals with few economic resources and limited access to medical treatment. Their language or literacy levels may also prevent their full involvement and acceptance in the community at large.
  • Students and faculty in the physical therapy program have developed and staff a PT clinic in an underserved area of Washington, D.C.

Professional Studies

  • GW’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership offers a yearlong program to help increase the leadership and advocacy skills of community leaders in Washington, D.C.
  • Students in the landscape design/sustainable landscapes program have designed master plans for two nonprofit institutions. They re-established residents’ vegetable and flower plots and added ADA-qualified access ramps at Knollwood, a retirement community for armed forces officers in Northwest D.C. They also reorganized the circulation, parking and approach to the Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg, Va. The sanctuary is an Audubon Naturalist Society property.
  • The strategic public relations program’s Alexandria Fellowship offers a one-year scholarship for an Alexandria, Va. resident, in return for community service in the city as part of the graduate program experience.
  • The paralegal studies program presents seminars, workshops, roundtables and other community education and enrichment events on topics ranging from the role of paralegals to immigration.

Public Health and Health Services

  • Taking a break from studying for finals, Public Health Student Association (PHSA) students teamed with AmeriCorps volunteers to help build a home in Northeast D.C. It was all part of a local Habitat for Humanity project.


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