DC Concentration

2019 LBJ DC Fellows

Fast-tracking federal policy careers

In 15 months, our students graduate with the know-how, professional experience and network to make their mark on public policy. They are both "thinkers and doers."


The LBJ School of Public Affairs, among the top 10 graduate public affairs schools in the country, helps aspiring policy professionals launch their federal careers through the DC Concentration at the LBJ Washington Center.

Capitol Building

Best of Both Worlds!

The DC Concentration is an accelerated track within the LBJ School’s traditional Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) and Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree programs. 

After two semesters of intensive policy coursework in Austin, LBJ DC Fellows continue their studies for two semesters in Washington, while working simultaneously in a six-month Policy Apprenticeship at a public, private, nonprofit or nongovernmental organization. They jump-start their Washington-based careers with an early graduation in December.

Two Semesters in Austin

Train with the best.

In their first two semesters at the LBJ School in Austin, students complete coursework at a Tier 1 research university in a capital city that's redefining policy innovation.

Two Semesters in Washington DC

Gain practical experience alongside federal policymakers.

LBJ DC Fellows spend the following summer and fall semesters in Washington DC, studying at night and working more than 700 hours in a Policy Apprenticeship, building professional relationships and learning on the job before graduating in December.

Graduate a full semester early

A Gateway to a Career in Federal Policy.

LBJ DC Fellows transition into the DC workforce with full degrees in December, a full semester earlier than graduates of traditional national public policy programs.

Policy Research

Learn from leaders in your field.

LBJ DC Fellows benefit from an unparalleled access to experts, advisers and policymakers.