Newhouse DC Faculty and Staff

Beverly Kirk

Beverly Kirk

  • Director of Washington Programs

  • Professor of Practice

    Broadcast and Digital Journalism
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Margaret Talev

Margaret Talev

  • Kramer Director

    Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship
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Shelly Griffin

Shelly Griffin

  • Associate Director

    Off-Campus Programs
  • Supporting:

    Newhouse LA
  • Supporting:

    Newhouse NYC
  • Supporting:

    Newhouse DC
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Rayna Pouliot

Rayna Pouliot

  • Program Coordinator

    Bandier Program for Recording and Entertainment Industries and Off-Campus Programs
  • Supporting:

    Newhouse DC
  • Supporting:

    Newhouse LA
  • Supporting:

    Newhouse NYC
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Sholnn Freeman headshot

Sholnn Freeman

  • Adjunct

    Newhouse DC
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Michelle Marsh headshot

Michelle Marsh

  • Adjunct

    Newhouse DC
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Alia Smith

  • Adjunct

    Newhouse DC
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Newhouse DC Student Life

We encourage you to take full advantage of the vast museums, iconic monuments, shopping, culture, cuisines and many year-round events and festivals.   

Through living in the city, students learn about work-life balance, budgeting and making smart decisions about their health and safety. Students meet countless professional contacts throughout the semester, and they leave with lifelong friendships they’ve made with classmates who also participated in the program. 


Undergraduate students in the Newhouse DC program can live in the housing options arranged by Syracuse University or choose to find housing on their own. A list of housing resources is available. If you are from the D.C. metro area, you may opt to live at home.     


One of the perks of living in Washington, D.C. is that you don’t need a car.  Mass transit (subway and bus/circulator) are the most common forms of transportation but there are also cabs, ride share, zip cars and bikeshare. 

Newhouse DC Internships

Learn entry-level skills, experience professional environments, make connections and develop tools that will enhance your career as a young professional. 

Your Newhouse DC experience will be built around a 20–25 hour weekly internship matched to your interests and abilities. Newhouse DC staff is dedicated to partnering with each student to secure an internship. Before the start of the semester, you will meet with the program director to discuss your career goals, skillset, and potential internship opportunities. 

Past students have excelled in internships at companies including:, the DC Public Defenders Office, Grassroots Analytics, Senators Coon and Warren, C-SPAN, Van Scoyoc Associates and Pro Sports Outlook. 


Students participating in internships must comply with all health and safety rules set by external companies and/or organizations they work for.  Failure to comply with a company or organization’s health and safety rules could result in the student being ineligible for the position and loss of a job offer.   


Read more about Bilhissa Fadiga and Dhani Joseph‘s Newhouse DC experiences.


Internships are a central part of the Newhouse DC program. They provide students with real-world experiences and valuable insight into the communications industry. Interns learn entry-level skills, become exposed to professional environments, make connections and develop tools that will aid them as young professionals.  

Newhouse DC is built around an 20-25 hour-per-week internship aligned to a student’s interests and skill set. If you would like to submit an internship opportunity, please email and someone will be in touch with you soon.  Thank you in advance for supporting off campus experiential learning!   

Newhouse DC Admissions

Newhouse DC is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters for undergraduates and during Summer Session II for the broadcast and digital journalism master’s capstone.    

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and currently being accepted through Spring 2026.  Students are encouraged to apply early!

Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2024:  Applications due by September 15, 2023 
Fall 2024:  Applications due by February 14, 2024



In addition to Syracuse University tuition, Newhouse DC entails a program fee and housing costs. Additional costs to consider are books, entertainment, groceries, meals, personal expenses, supplies and transportation.   

When planning your budget for personal expenses, please remember that Washington is an exciting yet expensive city; the average movie ticket, burger or cab ride will be slightly higher than in Syracuse. 

Existing financial aid, grants and scholarships will be applied to your semester in Washington, D.C.  Limited additional scholarships and work study opportunities are available.  

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Newhouse DC Academics

The academic experience in Washington, D.C. supports Syracuse University’s goal of providing every student with a chance to study in one of the world’s greatest, most dynamic and diverse metropolitan areas.

As a Newhouse DC student, you will select from a variety of courses taught by professionals working in the industry. Blending practical experience in the field with a passion for education, our faculty foster a unique environment for students studying in Washington, D.C. Small class sizes lend itself to recognizing individual talents and continued development, fostering a positive and nurturing learning environment.  

Students can also select from a variety of online courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Newhouse/Maxwell duals can request permission to take Maxwell-in-Washington based courses.   

COM 300:  Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (3 credits)

This course provides students with the tools to understand the erosion of public trust in democratic governance and the media and the connections between the two, and a roadmap to earn and maximize their own credibility with the public. 
Using data, guest speakers, readings and individualized study, we’ll examine relationship between media coverage and the state of democracy — from elections to technology, sports, the military, race, gender, education and the workforce. We’ll study the ethical pressures and codes that shape political candidates, public officials, journalists, non-news broadcasters and PR practitioners — and the differences in expectations and obligations between each field. 

COM 350: Media, Diversity and Politics (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to fundamental issues related to diversity and inclusion in the media industries as approached through the lens of specific topics, industries, and/or media products. This course will:  
Explain the concept of social identity and the role of media in the construction of social identities. 
Define and differentiate the relationship between stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and such concepts including but not limited to racism and sexism. 
Define and apply the concepts of representation and symbolic annihilation, as well as relevant communication theories. 
Define and apply the concept of hegemony and its role in the production of messages. 
Describe and apply the concept of the intersectionality of identities and its relationship to media reception and production. 

COM 400: DC Industry Practicum (1-3 credits)

Practical experience in the Washington, DC communications industry. Includes media-based internship along with required in-person classroom sessions, field trips and guest speakers. Students will receive an internship grade that is determined by the internship supervisor performance evaluation, one-on-one meetings, class assignments, journal, and final paper.  

COM 509: Law for Public Communicators (3 credits)

This class will expose you to the elements of First Amendment and media-related law so as communications professionals or practicing journalists, you understand the legal implications of your work. Topics include defamation, privacy, newsgathering torts, access to court proceedings, confidential sources and open records.  Additional topics include commercial speech, broadcast regulation, copyright, obscenity, indecency, and the internet.

JNL 530: Specialized Reporting “Covering Washington” (3 credits)

This is an advanced reporting course designed to equip broadcast, print, and online journalism students with the skills necessary to cover campaigns, elections, and public policy. In this newsroom experience, you will write, edit, and produce content on deadline. 
You will cover local, state, and national races and significant political events. 
You will generate original reporting and cover a political race of your choice based on class discussion. 
You will gain a new perspective on beat reporting and how to develop, research and pitch news stories, 
You’ll also understand the role of various elected government officials on the state and federal level. 

BDJ 675:  DC Graduate Professional Experience (3 credits)

Master’s students will spend six weeks of their graduate program in Washington, D.C. During this capstone experience, they apply the hands-on and academic lessons they’ve learned from their previous semesters at another level.

Students cover Capitol Hill and the federal government as reporters for Nexstar television stations in markets as varied as Austin, Erie, Shreveport and Fort Wayne. As credentialed members of the Washington press corps, they develop, research, shoot, report and edit their own stories, which then air on their assigned stations’ newscasts. Students who are interested in producing the news work with a variety of organizations, such as CBS Newspath, Agence France Presse, NBC News, The Situation Room at CNN and the Cox News Washington Bureau.

Stay Connected as Alumni

Stay involved in the Newhouse LA semester by attending alumni events, participating in our mentor program and letting us know if you can offer an internship.

Update your contact information (current email and LA home address) in the university database to receive invitations to alumni events in Los Angeles and to participate in our mentor program.

If you would like to share an internship opportunity, please contact Lauren Palius, Assistant Director, Newhouse LA at

Sports Media Communications in Los Angeles

Coming Spring 2024

In collaboration with Olivia Stomski and the Newhouse Sports Media Center, and beginning in Spring 2024, Newhouse LA will be offering exciting new academic, internship and mentorship opportunities for Newhouse majors interested in sports as a career path.


We are planning to offer two of the following 3-credit courses:

In addition:

Additional electives:

Must enroll in at least 12 credits





Contact Us

Our staff is ready and excited to help you on your Newhouse LA journey! Contact us below or for general inquiries, email

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Newhouse DC

Newhouse DC is a one-semester professional development program that provides students with a unique opportunity to intern part-time for a prestigious media company while taking specialized coursework in Washington, D.C.

Experience what it’s like to live, learn and work at the nerve center of American democracy.

The Newhouse DC program offers a unique opportunity to pursue your education and professional development in our nation’s capital.

Students will choose from an array of challenging courses taught by dedicated faculty that are truly skilled specialists in their field.  Being in Washington, D.C. affords you unique access to guest speakers that are accomplished professionals and talented alumni that occupy pivotal roles in the media industry.  Students can also participate in lunch and learns and field trips to media companies such as Politico, Wall Street Journal, WJLA, Capital One Arena, Edelman PR, CBS News, NBCUniversal and much more. 

You’ll gain hands-on professional experience as an intern at a top-level media company, take classes and build your network by engaging with accomplished professionals, many of them alumni who hold top roles in the communications industry. You will also meet industry professionals as part of your coursework.

Mentorship is a key element of the program. As a Newhouse DC student, you will be paired with a mentor—typically a Syracuse University alumnus working in your field of interest. Your mentor will meet with you a few times during the semester to offer career advice and help you adjust to life in the city. You will get to see firsthand how the “Newhouse Network”—the Newhouse School’s famed group of highly successful alumni—is a very real and powerful resource.

The program is open to all Newhouse majors and public communication minors.  Non-Newhouse majors that have home college approval are welcome to apply and are accepted on a space available basis.

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