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

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.

Students who are interested in the American Foreign Policy Summer Symposium are encouraged to submit an application. Admissions are on a rolling basis. Please contact Alison Leland for more information. 


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 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.

Students who are interested in the U.S.-China Symposium are encouraged to submit an application. Admissions are on a rolling basis. Please contact Alison Leland for more information. 


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. 

Students who are interested in the Mentored Professional Development Program are encouraged to submit an application. Admissions are on a rolling basis. Please contact Alison Leland for more information. 


Washington Experience, Summer 2021

Virtual 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. Interested students may contact Alison Leland or Keri Myrick for more information. 


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. 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

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. Interested students should submit this form. Please contact Alison Leland for more information. 


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.