There’s no better way to launch your career than spending a summer interning in the nation's capital. You'll sharpen in-demand skills, learn how to navigate a professional environment and gain a clear edge in the competition for postgraduate employment. But an internship is only part of the story. One of the many things that makes The Washington Center's (TWC) program so valuable is its combination of real-world experience and academic coursework. You'll choose from a wide variety of courses offered to complement your internship and deepen your understanding of your chosen field. You'll hear from and engage with leaders and wrestle with important local, national and international issues through the LEAD Colloquium. Lastly, you’ll complete a professional portfolio that helps you to reflect upon your experiences in Washington.
Three Components make up the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program:
1) The Internship
2) The Evening Course
3) The LEAD Colloquium
Internships are available in a variety of fields including the arts, education, business, journalism, communications, media, government, criminal justice, law, health, science and the environment. Click here
for sample internship placements.
Students can arrange independent housing or live in a shared apartment in either TWC's Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa or their Residential Facility at Elevation, which are located near Capitol Hill and Union Station. Units are two bedroom, two bathroom apartments that house four people. All apartments are furnished with utilities, basic cable, and wireless internet. TWC housing is ideal for a community environment for living and interacting with your fellow interns.
TWC Student Services staff provide opportunities such as Career Boot Camp, Professional workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Networking, Job Search and much more), walking tours of Washington, D.C.’s neighborhoods, BBQs and ice-cream socials. There are optional weekend getaways to Atlantic City, Great Falls National Park, and more.
Students pay summer program costs directly to TWC (see website
for current costs). Included is academic credit (3-6 credits), housing (optional), and orientation. Additional costs include local transportation, meals, personal expenses, a $60 TWC application fee, and the International & Off-Campus Study administrative fee (currently $50 for summer). It is suggested that students plan to spend about $150-$175 per week on living expenses including food, local transportation, entertainment, etc.
Maryland residents will receive The Honorable Pete Rawlings Washington Center Scholarship Fund, which provides up to $2,000 toward program costs.
NOTE: All costs are subject to change.