e3 in DC

City: Washington, D.C.   Country: United States


University of Alberta e3 summer programs are unique because they offer students multiple experiences in one location. e3 programs are flexible and fuse academics with real-life work experience, providing a comprehensive experience unparalleled by other abroad programs. 

e3 in DC combines:

  • Academic coursework
  • Internship placement (work or research)
  • The epicentre of US politics and power

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration: 

Track 1: Academic course (POLS 364) + Internship): May 2 - August 24, 2018*

Track 2: Academic course only (POLS 364): May 2 - 18, 2018

Track 3: Internship Only: May 2 - August 24th, 2018* 

*Exact start and end dates of internship placements are determined by the internship host.

Eligibility Requirements

e3 summer programs are open to post-secondary students from all disciplines

You must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5or higher as required by your home Faculty
  • have successfully completed at least 24-credits at UAlberta as required by your home Faculty by the application deadline
  • INTERNSHIPS - students seeking internship placements must have completed 30 credits2 by the application deadline
  • meet admission requirements to the relevant Faculty at UAlberta
  • have a valid passport and be eligible to study and work in the destination country

1 equivalencies will be considered for students applying from outside UAlberta
2 or the equivalent of full-time first year studies at your local institution

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English

Track 2: Academic Course 

Introduction to Political Economy
POLS 364 (*3) | Thomas Kleiner,
May 2 - May 18, 2018

Students must have completed the pre-requsite POL S 261 to be permitted to take this course

International political economy helps us understand historical and current events in global economic and political relations. This gives us the insight we need to build a better world. In this action-oriented course, students will develop sophisticated critical thinking skills for understanding events unfolding in the international political economy. We'll start with the individual's perspective as they contribute to an expanding global economy. From there, we'll study the range of policy choices individuals collectively make in groups, as peoples, tribes, nations, and regions. This helps us frame policy makers' choices as they pursue collective mass self-interests. Studying in classrooms at the legendary Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., students will analyze the roles and impact of International Organizations (IOs) located within walking distance to their "National Capitol Region" classroom. We will align and link the historical development, governance structure, activities, and performance of major IOs, including the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization.

NOTE: There will be mandatory classes on Saturday for students who choose to take the POL S 364 class. 


Track 3: Internship 

Students who select this module will participate in a 6- to 12-week internship in Washington, DC. 

Placements will be with companies as well as with social, cultural, political, and/or educational organizations and institutions. Internships in a variety of fields, relevant to the location-specific theme, will be offered to appeal to students from a wide diversity of academic disciplines.

Fees & Costs

The e3 in DC summer program charges a program-specific 3-credit course/internship fee. The amount students will pay depends on which track students choose to participate in. In addition to the program fees, students will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, food, insurance, books, flights/transportation, non-instructional fees, as well as other personal expenses. Estimated total program cost can be found via the links below: 

Cost for Track 1: Academic course (POLS 364) + Internship

Cost for Track 2: Academic course only (POLS 364)

Cost for Track 3: Internship only

Note: Fees are subject to change.


Students may request UAI to book shared accommodation for them during the entire e3 in DC program. Students are welcome to find their own accommodation instead of booking through UAI. Shared accommodation will be provided through WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing).

Program Contact

University of Alberta International, Education Abroad