Inside DC: Undergrad Policy Day in Washington

On February 16, Princeton SPIA welcomed 40 undergraduate students for "Inside DC: Undergrad Policy Day in Washington", which included conversations with policymakers at the White House, National Security Council, World Bank, USAID, as well as with veteran journalists, NGO leaders, and former government officials.

Sincere thanks to the day’s many hosts and participants, including SPIA alumni Somya Bajaj *19, Samantha Libraty *23, Ellinore Ahlgren *21, Brian Kelly *12, Josh Black *00, Juan Jose Leguia Alegria *13, Anna Twum *18, Ryan Chia Kuo *18, Juan Sebastian Leiva Molano *23, Harrison Fuller *23, Alex Brockwehl *18, Megan McGuire *18, and Bunmi Otegbade *19, together with Princeton SPIA DC Director Zach Vertin and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Lipton.

Diplomatic Corps Dinner Series: Asia-Pacific

On January 29, Director Zach Vertin hosted Ambassadors and senior diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region at Princeton’s new center in Washington. The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, kicked off a discussion of political and economic trends in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as opportunities for the year ahead. This dinner is part of a series of Princeton SPIA engagements exploring collaboration with the diplomatic corps in Washington and reflects the School’s commitment to fostering international research, dialogue, and policy engagement.

Diplomatic Corps Dinner Series: Latin America

On January 18, SPIA in DC Director Zach Vertin was grateful to host Ambassadors from Latin America to discuss opportunities for collaboration as well as political and security issues in the region. Princeton Professors Miguel Centeno and Deborah Yashar provided expert commentary, as did former U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis. This dinner is part of a series of Princeton SPIA engagements with the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, D.C., undertaken in furtherance of the School’s commitment to international research, dialogue, and policy engagement.


In Spring 2023, the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) opened a new center in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood. This will be the first time in the University’s history that its policy and international affairs school has had a dedicated, physical presence in the nation’s capital, and the investment reflects the School’s strategic priorities. 

  • Elevate the policy relevant work of our faculty.
  • Establish a greater SPIA identity in Washington.
  • Connect our students, faculty, and research centers directly to public policy constituencies in the federal government, on Capitol Hill, and among think tank, nongovernmental, academic, and diplomatic communities>.
  • Develop and lead initiatives on contemporary policy issues.
  • Provide a convening space for Princeton and SPIA events, seminars, and private gatherings with policymakers and leaders from across these communities.
  • Have a space for alumni networking and engagement opportunities and other professional and career-development activities.

SPIA in D.C. Launches With a Demonstration of Its Vast Potential

Addressing more than 250 SPIA alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends on the rooftop deck at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW – the School’s new home in Washington, D.C. – a bipartisan group of speakers lauded the SPIA in D.C. initiative at its May 10 launch as an important and worthy effort to repair what many see as a broken government.

News & Events

The SPIA in D.C. site has up to five offices available for temporary hoteling use by SPIA faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Additionally, there are two conference rooms with A/V, a large open area that can accommodate up to 45 chairs with a podium and dedicated A/V, soft seating, and a pantry. A rooftop penthouse amenity space (400-person capacity) and larger conference room (100-person seated capacity) are also available for reservation.

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The D.C. office provides a convening space for SPIA gatherings, alumni and professional networking, and other career-development activities.

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If you are interested in using the D.C. office or hosting an event, please complete the following inquiry form.

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Here are some resources that will help you plan your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review the SPIA in D.C. office space use policy and complete the required inquiry form.

For space in the 4th floor suite, it is recommended you make a reservation 4-6 weeks in advance. The earliest you can reserve the rooftop space is six months in advance. Please note that the rooftop is not available on weekends.

Event spaces are available from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. The rooftop conference room can be reserved from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., and the rooftop lounge can be reserved from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Please keep in mind that a SPIA staff member must be present at all times during an event, and the venue manager may not always be available after hours.

Yes, there is an overtime charge for HVAC ($65 per hour) and engineers ($90 per hour). Additionally, there is a custodial fee ($50 per hour) after 6 p.m.

The office suite is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please see the recommended catering list, which has the appropriate information and insurance on file.

We have two conference rooms with AV capabilities on the fourth floor. Third-party vendors may be required for rooftop AV needs.

The venue manager is available to help facilitate matters and accommodate guests. They will work closely with building management concerning events utilizing the rooftop space.

Please email D’Angelo Anderson, venue manager, at with any questions.

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