Aitchison Public Service Fellowship in Government

The Aitchison Public Service Fellowship in Government is suspended for Fall 2022.

Immerse yourself in the life and politics of the nation’s capital through the Johns Hopkins University Aitchison Public Service Undergraduate Fellowship. This residential program gives Hopkins juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn 15 credits while making connections and gaining real-world experience as they spend a full semester in Washington, D.C.

Johns Hopkins alumna Beatrice Aitchison, PhD, established the Aitchison Public Service Fellowship in 1994 to promote undergraduate involvement in the government and inner workings of our nation’s capital.

  • Take five Johns Hopkins courses
  • Attend lectures and symposiums by elected officials, political consultants, ambassadors, journalists, and visiting professors
  • Intern with the policy makers and elected officials, lobbyists, or civil servants who turn the wheels of government
  • Explore the social and cultural resources of Washington: music and theater at the Kennedy Center, exhibits at the Smithsonian and D.C.’s many other museums, the cuisine and dance clubs of Adams Morgan, walking and shopping along the Georgetown waterfront.


This fellowship is suspended for Fall 2022 and not currently accepting applications.

The Curriculum

  • Thinking Organizationally About Politics
  • Thinking Economically
  • Thinking Strategically
  • Making Social Change
  • Numbers, Pictures, Politics
  • Public Policy Writing

Our Core Faculty

Steven Teles is associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and fellow at the New America Foundation.

Program Costs

Students are charged their normal tuition and the costs for housing are at the rates charged by NYU-Washington, D.C., but are billed through Hopkins. (A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee.) Because the Aitchison Fellowship is a JHU program, all financial aid is applicable to the program costs.

A stipend is provided to cover the difference of the living cost between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


All JHU students are eligible to apply for the Aitchison Fellowship. Preference will be given to students who are rising juniors or seniors.