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Special Note Regarding Vaccinations and the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Hamilton College is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus in fall 2021, working on campus during summer 2021, or participating in Hamilton study away programs including Hamilton’s Washington, D.C., Program. The College believes this policy is the best way to resume a full range of activities while protecting the health and safety of our students and the communities in which we operate. Some students may be eligible for — and will need to show documentation of — religious or medical exceptions, but the Washington, D.C., Program hopes to achieve 100 percent compliance with this vaccination requirement. Moreover, for the Washington, D.C., Program, in-person internships and many of our integral cultural and theme-related activities are likely to require proof of vaccination or proof of a very recent negative COVID-19 test. Hamilton’s policy is in place notwithstanding changes in local, state, or federal health regulations.

In 1969, the first year of the Hamilton Program in Washington, the capital was still a city “of Northern charm and Southern efficiency” as President John Kennedy described it some years earlier. As the program has matured, so has the capital, which is now a global center of culture, the arts, recreation and cosmopolitan diversity, and political power.
Fall 2019 DC Program Participants
Students in the fall 2019 DC Program pose for a photo during the 50th anniversary celebration of the program. Photo: Sam Levitan

The Hamilton Program in Washington runs in the fall and spring semesters. 16 students live and work in Washington in a variety of internships including all three branches of government, think tanks, NGOs, non-profits, and lobbying and consulting firms. The students receive four credits based on two substantive classes from a Government Department Professor who is resident director of the Program, and independent project, and the internship.

The student apartments are located in Woodley Park, one stop up the “Red Line” from Dupont Circle, and adjacent to Adams-Morgan and Rock Creek Park.  Students enjoy numerous extra-curricular outings and interact with Hamilton’s large alumni diaspora. 

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Philip Klinkner

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