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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

Washington Experience, Summer 2022

Summer 2022, Dates dependent on internship placement

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 college students to gain new confidence and leadership abilities to make valuable contributions to society in their chosen field. Thoughtfully timed summer externships culminate in the OCIS Summer Symposium II. Interested students may contact Alison Leland or Keri Myrick for more information or click here to register. This program is CITE-funded.


Professional Development Program, Summer 2022: Preparing for Your Professional Future

Program Date: June 13 – July 5, 2022 

In this program, you will explore career choices in international affairs. You will engage in structured conversations and seminars with seasoned professionals who will provide relevant advice and reflect about their career paths as former diplomats, public officers, scholars, and foreign affairs specialists, so you can learn from their experiences. 

For a successful career exploration during 4 weeks, you will:

  • Reflect about your personal purpose as you listen to leading professionals sharing their unique stories 
  • Refine your vision and develop a sense of self-direction as you ask questions about professional choices and roles
  • Revisit your goals as the program speakers debunk some common myths about job alternatives and professional decisions 

Summer Symposium 2022: American Foreign Policy Institute

Program Date: July 31 – August 11, 2022 

Join this program to discuss the events that are currently changing the foreign policy landscape.

To excel in the future, you will need not only to understand global issues, but also to put them in context in a changing landscape. Participating in the Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy will allow you to evaluate the complexities of key issues such as the situation of Ukraine and Russia, the Indo-Pacific strategy, and the role of Congress in international affairs as you listen to the program speakers share their expertise. You will also have an immersive experience as you visit Capitol Hill and you interact with students from multiple countries. 

This intensive program features specialized lectures led by high-ranking experts, distinguished scholars, and emerging professionals in international affairs. Lectures are created to fit with the Summer IV International Relations & Forced Migration course. 


International Studies Internship (Ongoing)

The Osgood Center for International Studies seeks full-time 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. Interested students may contact Alison Leland or Keri Myrick for more information. 

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

Change and Continuity in American Leadership

Program Dates: Jan. 10–20, 2022

A new era in American politics and international relations is presenting the U.S. with profound challenges to established approaches to education, business, journalism, politics, diplomacy, and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, professionals, and educators to examine the significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders. 


Summer Symposium II, 2021: American Foreign Policy

Virtual Program Dates: Aug 9–19, 2021

The Osgood Center’s Summer Symposia offer an in-depth, interactive analysis of the evolution of U.S. foreign policy, international economics and current issues in international affairs. Participants will gain a better understanding of international affairs and how to forge a career path in this field. This Symposium’s focus in 2021 is the Biden Administration’s first year. Through support from the Honors College, enrollment in the American Foreign Policy Symposium is available at no cost to students.


Summer Symposium I, 2021: The U.S. & China

Virtual Program Dates: July 5–15, 2021 

The U.S.-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral connections in the world, and what happens in it has global consequences. The Biden Administration has said, in the words of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, that the U.S.'s relationship with China will be “competitive where it should be, collaborative where it can be, and adversarial where it must be.” The U.S.-China Symposium will explore this dynamic and give voice to the many points of view within the U.S. and China about the intense competition expected and whether it will be creative or destructive. Through support from the Honors College, enrollment in the U.S.-China Symposium is available at no cost to students.


Mentored Professional Development Program, Summer 2021

Virtual Program Dates: (Session I) June 1 – July 6 or (Session II) July 13 – Aug. 17, 2021

During this six-week, Washington, D.C.-based, virtual program, you will interact with an assigned policy expert, supporting research or developing a project of your own. You will join a cohort of students in a lively weekly professional development speaker series, with the opportunity for further connections. Summer externships culminate in the OCIS Summer Symposium on American Foreign Policy. Through support from the Honors College, enrollment in the Mentored Professional Development Program is available at no cost to students. 


The Gene Alpert Presidential Inauguration Program 2021: What's Next in American Leadership?

Program Dates: January 11–21, 2021

A new era in American politics and international relations is presenting the U.S. with profound challenges to established approaches to education, business, journalism, politics, diplomacy and even science. 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 and is typically celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to D.C. to witness history in the making.

This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, professionals and educators to examine the significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral and what is lasting. Informed speakers, virtual visits to Washington institutions and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow's leaders.

In a virtual setting, students will have ample opportunity to meet and engage with other students, interact with experienced and award-winning experts and explore the issues that confront the U.S. in education, health policy, race relations and international affairs.

The Inauguration Program 2021 schedule may be found here


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. 


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 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.