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The Washington Center Internship

Washington College students may participate in a Washington Center internship while maintaining current enrollment at the College and earning credit toward graduation during Fall or Spring semester. Opportunities are also availabe during the summer for academic credit. The departments of Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Business, Art and Art History, and Sociology offer credit for this program. This program is residential; students must reside full time in Washington, D.C. during the internship term, in Washington Center housing.

The Washington Center is an independent nonprofit organization that provides internship programs and academic seminars to college students from across the country and around the world. It is affiliated with more than 850 colleges and universities nationwide and works with 2,000-3,000 internship placements in Washington in major professional fields in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The Washington Center has over 30,000 alumni.

For further details review the Washington Center website and then meet with Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, Andrea Lange. Students cannot be accepted in a Washington Center internship without first meeting with Dean Lange and participating in a review of application materials.

FAQ

Is there a GPA and class requirement to participate in this internship program?

Yes, the minimum GPA is 2.8 and you must be at least a second term sophomore (completed 48 credits at Washington College).

When may I apply?

Internship placements are competitive and sometimes require a security clearance, which makes application deadlines up to 9 months in advance of the term you plan to participate in a Washington Center internship. Check the application deadlines on the TWC website.

Can I earn academic credit through a Washington Center internship?

Yes! You will register for and earn WC credit for 16 credit hours. Currently, the departments of Art, Political Science, Business Management, Economics, International Studies, and Sociology offer a full semester of academic credit for TWC internships.

If you have taken Political Science at the 100 level you may attend the Washington Center under that program. If you are seeking academic credit for a TWC internship outside of these fields, please consult the chair of the appropriate department before applying and plan to work closely with Dean Lange.

You will be enrolled in three courses: the internship, an academic course, and a lecture series. You will receive a grade for each of the three components based on your successful work and completion of your course objectives. Work is evaluated and grades are given by your Washington College department faculty mentor.

How will a Washington Center internship affect my GPA?

Credit received for the Washington Center will appear on your transcript and count toward your cumulative GPA.

How will a Washington Center internship affect my financial aid?

You will be eligible to retain all your financial aid and scholarships during your semester at the Washington Center just as you are when you take classes on campus.

For an itemized list of costs relating to TWC internships, see the costs question below. For specific financial aid inquiries, please consult the Office of Financial Aid.

How do I apply?

Important information may be obtained from Asst. Dean Andrea Lange and on-line at http://www.twc.edu Applications are online at the TWC website. Participation and application components must be approved by your faculty advisor and Dean Lange prior to submitting the application.

When are the internal application deadlines?

  • March 15 for Fall term
  • October 15 for Spring term

What are the approximate costs of the Washington Center Internship?

  • Regular WC tuition minus any scholarship aid and campus fees
  • Room - shared apartment in TWC housing: see www.twc.edu
  • Fees - off-campus study fee: check WC catalog or washcoll.edu
  • Application fee (non-refundable): check fees at www.twc.edu
  • Housing application fee/Security Deposit (refundable through WC tuition payment): $300
  • Transportation, food, personal expenses: $100-150/week
  • Students who wish to participate in summer internships through TWC must pay their own program, housing fees, and off-campus study fees to receive credit.

What scholarships are available for internships?

  • State of Maryland Resident: Changes yearly (for most recent results see www.twc.edu)
  • Program Scholarships: TBA
  • Member of College Honor Society: $2,000
  • Pi Sigma Alpha awardee: $2,500

Previous Internship Sites Grouped by Academic Major

Business

  • Department of Defense
  • Judicial Watch
  • Merrill Lynch
  • White House National Economic Council

Economics

  • Corportation for National and Community Service
  • Merrill Lynch
  • National Islamic Council
  • Attorney General of the US
  • US Department of Treasury: Office of Performance Budgeting
  • US Department of Veteran’s Affair
  • World Sindi Institute

International Studies

  • American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • Brookings Institute
  • Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Council for Hemispheric Affairs
  • Intervention Network
  • Northern Ireland Bureau: British Embassy
  • United Nations: Capital Branch
  • US Attorney’s Office for Sex Offenses and Domestic Violence
  • US Department of State, Southern European Branch, Embassy of Cypress

Political Science

  • Advanced Network Strategies
  • Academic Seminar, Politics and Media
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • Campaign 2008: Democratic National Convention
  • Congressman Murphy, PA
  • Congressman Rick Renzi, 1st District of Arizona
  • Congressman Dennis Kuchinish (D-Ohio)
  • Diligence, LLC
  • Inside Washington ‘05
  • National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Organization
  • Potomac Advocates
  • Torture Abolition Survivors and Support Coalition
  • Winning Strategies of DC

WC-TWC Liaison

Assistant Dean, Andrea Lange
Office: Ground Floor, Bunting
alange2@washcoll.edu

WC-TWC Departmental Contacts

Art: Prof. Donald McColl
Office: Daly 217
Extension: 7874
Dmccoll2@washcoll.edu

Political Science: Prof. Melissa Deckman
Office: Daly 207
Extension: 7494
Mdeckman2@washcoll.edu

Business Management: Prof. Michael Harvey
Office: Daly 205
Extension: 7889
Mharvey2@washcoll.edu

Economics: Prof. Lisa Daniels
Office: William Smith 335
Extension: 7881
Ldaniels2@washcoll.edu

International Studies: Prof. Tahir Shad
Office: Goldstein 229
Extension: 7779
Tshad2@washcoll.edu

Sociology: John Seidel
Office: Custom House, 101 S Water Street
Extension: 7756
Jseidel2@washcoll.edu