GTDC is a fully immersive, semester-long experience in Washington, D.C. available to the entire undergraduate community at Georgia Tech. Led by a partnership between the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs (INTA) and the School of Public Policy (SPP), it offers a “pathways to policy” program of courses, internships, research opportunities, and extra-curricular activities – but no background in international affairs or public policy is necessary. All majors are encouraged to apply.

GTDC provides an opportunity for Georgia Tech students to become connected with important networks of policy and practice in D.C. Students can create a strong and enduring network outside Atlanta, gain valuable work experience, integrate scholarly and policy dimensions into their program of study, and explore public service as a possible career path.

GTDC students tackle issues of global concern. Issue areas may include energy, law, innovation, security, intelligence, economic development, environment, diplomacy, and others. Students also encounter foreign cultures through curated experiences. Courses can be used towards a minor or major in either International Affairs or Public Policy. Some courses may also apply to the International Plan.

Students will enroll in a full academic course load that fulfills degree requirements, consisting of 6 academic credit hours for two classes, and 6 professional internship credit hours.

The inaugural cohort of GTDC students sit in class in fall 2023.


Five students stand in front of the U.S. Capital building.


Internships give students hands-on experience and academic credit.

Kyle Smith, B.S. PUBP 2022, stands in front of the Washington Monument. Smith worked as a U.S. Senate staff after graduation.


Set yourself up for success by building skills and networks.