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The course is offered in Washington, D.C., and is scheduled for the week after Winter Term final examinations, so it does not conflict with summer internships. Hotel rooms have been reserved at a hotel within walking distance of the White House.
With David Carson's support, tuition is covered for the Washington Campus course. As a Carson Scholar, you are responsible for a Ross fee of $600 (which includes five nights at a hotel), transportation to and from Washington, and your meals during the program.
The faculty director is Norman Bishara, who is the associate dean for undergraduate and early career programs at Michigan Ross, as well as an associate professor of business law and ethics. Professor Bishara is a staff editor at the American Business Law Journal and a past president of the Employment Law Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. While in private practice in New York state, he represented a diverse group of corporate and individual clients in corporate, and commercial litigation matters. He has a public policy degree from Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and has worked with various domestic and international entities, such as the United Nations Development Programme-RBEC and the Lebanaese Transparency Association.
Lecturers in the course include current and former government officials — for example, members of Congress, senior White House and congressional staff, regulatory and cabinet agency executives, journalists, business executives, political professionals, and representatives of advocacy organizations. The course includes site visits to various government buildings, such as the Federal Reserve.
Students must complete and submit an application form to enroll in the course.
Selected students are announced before the Thanksgiving break. Admitted students add the class when registering for winter term courses. (This course is included in the 18-credit-hour limit for the winter term.) Admitted students must submit a form that includes parental consent for students who are not self-supporting. Students not admitted to the course will be placed on a wait list.
For more information, contact RossUGPrograms@umich.edu.