Dominican University of California is fortunate to have a variety of strategic partnerships with local and national organizations, foundations and businesses. Two partnerships in particular have provided a great deal of enrichment for our students: both the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute and World Affairs Council offer programs that provide unique opportunities for our students.
As a member school, Dominican University offers an opportunity for students to take part in the Washington Semester program. The program combines academic courses taught on American University's campus by well known academics and practitioners with and an internship in Washington, DC for one semester. Washington, DC is an exciting place to be as a Political Science or International Studies major. The programs of study and variety of internships are sure to be an excellent experiential learning opportunity for students. In addition, there are scholarships available through the program. Washington Semester program guidelines.
The Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (the Institute) is committed to educating and empowering the next generation of public policy professionals who will address the critical global issues of the 21st Century. According to our articulation agreement, Dominican students (Political Science and International Studies majors) admitted to the Institute with accelerated status need to complete only 48 credits to earn their Master’s degree, in lieu of the 60 credits normally required. In addition, as part of this agreement, students nominated by Dominican and admitted with Accelerated Entry status to the Institute will receive preferential consideration for Monterey Institute Merit Scholarships. MIIS awards range from $4,000 - $16,000 per academic per year and are renewable for a second year, pending good academic performance. Dominican applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarship; there is no separate application required.
Panetta Institute Leadership Seminar
The incoming President of Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) attends a 1-week seminar at Panetta Institute housed at CSU Monterey Bay. Invitees are incoming student body presidents of 23 CSU campuses, Dominican University of California and Santa Clara University.
Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program
Through a competitive selection process, one Dominican student leader is selected who is prepared and interested in serving our community, state and nation. The 1-semester program begins with a two-week orientation at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. Following the training and orientation, the Dominican student intern is placed at a congressional office in Washington D.C. where the student will work for the fall semester.
The Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council (WAC) offers a series of monthly programs on the Dominican University of California campus, in the Creekside or Shield Room. Each month, from August through June, WAC presents a lecture on a specific world issue, e.g. War in Iraq, Energy Crisis, Palestine/Israeli conflict, etc.
The evening starts with an optional dinner tied, if possible, to the theme or region of the evening. Dessert and program follow. There is a Q & A after the talk. Schedule and prices are below.
Dinner and Program:
Dessert and Program:
Location: Dominican University of California, Caleruega Dining Hall
Fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence is a fundamental part of a Dominican education. We want you to develop a rich understanding of different cultural perspectives and experiences and there is no better way to do that than by spending time living, learning and working in a foreign country.
Learn about Dominican's study abroad opportunities by visiting the University's Global Education Office.