Summer Institute

Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy

The Williams College Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy opened in June 2010, providing 19 Williams College Students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous 4-week program devoted to the study of American foreign policy and grand strategy. The Institute will accept 16 students in the summer of 2017. The goals of the Institute include:

1. Providing students with an intellectual foundation in American foreign policy and grand strategy, as well as a practical understanding of the unique challenges faced by policymakers.

2. Providing students an opportunity to master a subject of great importance and interact with fellow students and several members of the faculty in an intense and intimate academic setting.

3. Developing a set of intellectual and practical skills that will serve students beyond Williams College.

4. Identifying opportunities to apply these skills through internships in Washington, DC, research positions at think tanks or other non-governmental organizations.

Students are encouraged to apply for internships for the remainder of the summer or the following summer. Financial support is available through the institute.

The Faculty for Summer 2017 will be…

James McAllister, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy; Paul MacDonald, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College; and Stacie Goddard, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College.

All student expenses will be covered by this program including room, board, course materials, and special events. Students will also receive a $1000.00 stipend.

This program is open to rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors and will run June 26-July 21. Click here to download the Summer Institute Application  for 2017. Applications will be accepted beginning January 9.

Please Note: Applications are due no later than March 15, 2017.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Summer Institute 2014 Brochure

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