Custom Programs

Custom Programs

In addition to our annual and flagship programs, the Osgood Center can design programs tailored to specific interests in international affairs and international political economy, provided an adequate number of student participations, preferably between 10 to 30 students. Previous programs have included the U.S., Israel and the Middle East program in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel; the NPU-Washington Program in conjunction with the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an China; and various Model UN Training and Simulation Programs.

To request a custom program, program initiators must have a university or institutional affiliation. Any individuals interested in individually-designed Osgood Program, please refer to our Professional Development Program. Please contact President Shelton Williams at or Assistant Director Xuan Zhu at with your program interests and specific issue-area focus. Osgood areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • US-East Asia Relations
  • US-China Policy
  • US Foreign Policy
  • The United Nations
  • The Middle East
  • International Political Economy

All custom programs will include features similar to our flagship programs, including briefings with the top issue experts in the Washington, D.C. Area, visits to think tanks and government offices and institutions, tours of the Capitol, the Pentagon, and White House (pending timely tour requests), and accommodations at one of comfortable housing locations in downtown Washington, D.C. All prices are subject to negotiation with the Osgood Center dependent on the number of students and seasonal fluctuation of D.C. area housing.

Professional Development Program

Live and work in DC for a summer or a semester. All majors are welcome.

Students qualifying for a DC Development Program can earn meaningful professional experience. Careful consultation, ongoing supervision, and a weekly seminar guarantee that a student can explore the substantive aspects of a possible career while also living and working in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

The Osgood Center offers students professional training in the fields of their policy-relevant interests and topics of their choice. We consult with the participant to establish an area of research, identify DC resources and direct the participant to the many hearings, conferences, and lectures relevant to the subject matter. The end product is a professional blog or a research paper. If the written work is approved by a professional in the field, it will be published online in the Osgood Center “Student Forum on International Affairs.” These can be either for credit or non-credit experiences. In addition to academic research, the student will be required to conduct expert interviews, attend Congressional hearings and Think Tank briefings (Brookings, Woodrow Wilson Center, CSIS, etc.), and interact with other interns in a weekly seminar on “Politics in Washington” taught by Osgood President, Shelton Williams. To apply, contact the Osgood Center at