Pitt Washington Center

With our office in Washington, D.C, you can study in the heart of our nation's capital, while connecting with career and academic resources through unique experiences and opportunities. We have an extensive D.C. network that connects you with alumni and adjunct faculty, and chances to network through events, mentorships, employer information sessions, career panels, and guest speakers. And with our connections and geographical proximity to the capital, you will have ample opportunity to secure a valuable internship, make important career connections, and truly experience Washington, D.C.

Explore the four major resources available to students through the University of Pittsburgh's D.C. Office below. 

Students on the steps of the Capitol Building during DC visit
D.C. Career Trip

Once a year, Pitt's School of Public and International Affairs organizes a weeklong career trip to Washington, D.C. that is packed with alumni career panels, employer site visits, and networking events. Past site visits have included the U.S. Department of State, GAO, the Pentagon, FEMA, the FBI, and other organizations and nonprofits.

Alums at reception
D.C. Alumni Network

More than 1,000 GSPIA alumni live and work in Washington, D.C., and many are happy provide mentorship and career advice to students. Networking opportunities for alumni include receptions, happy hours, alumni speakers, community service events, and smaller engagements.

Street signs outside Pitt's DC office at 1900 Pennsylvania Ave
D.C. Semester Program

Students can study in Washington, D.C. through the fall or spring semesters, and even take courses during the summer. Classes are generally in the evening, allowing students to pursue an internship during work hours. Courses include guest speakers who are D.C.-based practitioners.

Summer Classes in D.C.

In cooperation with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, GSPIA students can take several summer classes in D.C. that are open to any student living or interning in the nation’s capital. The menu of courses include some that meet for the entire summer, and some that meet in an intensive, one-week format in May. To enroll, contact Megan Varn at

The Washington Connection

The Pitt Washington Center has been GSPIA’s home in Washington, D.C. since 2008. In the past year, we have moved into a new dynamic space on Pennsylvania Avenue, right across from the World Bank and steps from the White House and State Department.  Our new center offers exciting opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the university to utilize GSPIA’s home base in the nation's capital.  GSPIA’s D.C. office has a full-time career services and alumni relations staff member, and enjoys frequents visits from the dean.

1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 407
Washington, D.C. 20006

Contact: Megan Varn, Manager of Washington D.C. Initiatives, at to learn more about GSPIA’s D.C. connection.