Osgood Center for International Studies - University of Houston
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About The Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy programs and experiential learning to graduate, college, and high school students from around the globe. Regular attendance cost is extremely competitive with comparable programs, and limited scholarships and group rates are available.

Osgood Center programs are thought-provoking, experiential, and solution focused. Students come face-to-face with foreign policy and international leaders, including experts from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Defense Department, National Security Council at the White House, U.S. Congress, and premier think tanks.

The Partnership

The Honors College and the Osgood Center for International Studies (OCIS) have entered into a strategic partnership through which University of Houston students gain access to the many programs offered by OCIS and their community partners in Washington, D.C. Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, students have the opportunity to "intern, learn, and lead in the nation's capital" under the mentorship of OCIS faculty and staff. Ranging in length from one to 16 weeks, Osgood Center programs focus on helping students hone a variety of targeted skills, such as  leadership and professional development, guided research, and critical thinking and writing, through individual internships, academic coursework, and experiential education seminars. Program topics include international economics and affairs, politics and the policymaking process, and civic engagement, to name a few. 

Available Programs

2021 Presidential Inauguration Program

Program Dates: January 10 – 21, 2021

The Osgood Center for International Studies presents an academic seminar that revolves around the historic 2021 presidential inauguration. This quadrennial event is one of the most important events in American history that is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to D.C. to witness history-in-the-making. With a highly competitive election set to take place, interest is running high; but, regardless of the winner, reserve your space for the unique opportunity to celebrate this very special event on the National Mall and at special inaugural activities.

This program is currently scheduled to be on-site; however, an alternative virtual format will be also made available. Please contact Alison Leland for more information. 

Washington Experience, Summer 2021

Program Dates: Summer 2021

The Osgood Center Washington Experience is a personalized, academic leadership and professional development program that includes an internship, academic coursework, an experiential education seminar and leadership training. The purpose is to enhance a student's academic, career, and personal goals to prepare for leadership in the professional world. Of all U.S. cities, Washington, D.C. is among the very best places for a college students to gain new confidence and leadership abilities to make valuable contributions to society in their chosen field. Summer internships culminate in the OCIS Summer Symposium. Grant funds from the Cougar Initiative to Engage are available for program participants. 

International Studies Internship

The Osgood Center for International Studies seeks full and/or part-time interns with an interest in international affairs, foreign policy, national security and/or global economic policy to assist with a variety of upcoming summer programs. The internship affords the student an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of high quality experiential programs as well as to gain academically from an exceptional professional experience. 

Estimated Expenses for On-Site Internships:

  • Housing 
  • Airfare
  • Program Fee
  • Meals and walking around money
Scholarships are available. For more information on any of the Osgood Center's programs, please email the Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs at ogesp@uh.edu.

Previous Programs

January 2020: Continuity & Change in American Leadership Seminar

Program Dates: Jan. 5 – 11, 2020

The Osgood Center for International Studies offers an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society. The diverse program appeals to students in all major fields and all college levels from freshmen to recent graduates, including honors students. 

Professional Development Program, Summer 2020

Virtual Program Dates: July 1 – August 6, 2020

The Osgood Center Washington Professional Development Program was a personalized, academic leadership and professional development program that included a virtual externship with a mentor in your field. The program provided students with guided research, writing, and professional exploration opportunities. Summer externships culminated in the OCIS Summer Symposium on American Foreign Policy.