Opportunities, Research & Fellowships
If you are a highly able student who craves an extraordinary college experience, Washington College can help you stand out among your peers in the job market or graduate school application process.
The Chesapeake Semester
Sailing on skipjacks, camping, and fishing are just part of an unusual syllabus whereby students devote an entire semester to the study of North America’s largest estuary. The four-course Chesapeake Semester is offered every fall through the College’s Center for Environment & Society.
Funded by the Comegys Bight Fellows Program, students have investigated the vanishing islands of the Chesapeake Bay, the history of homelessness, biracial identity, and many other topics related to American history, culture, politics, arts, music, or literature.
Other fellowships are more specific: The Roy Ans Fellowship offers stipends for students interested in exploring the Jewish-American experience, and Frederick Douglass Fellowships support projects related to African-American studies.
The Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows is the College’s flagship academic enrichment program. Junior Fellows grants are highly competitive. To receive project funding, applicants are expected to prepare well-crafted proposals for consideration by the Junior Fellows Advisory Council, comprising the Provost and Dean of the College, the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, the Chairs of the three Divisions (or their designates), the Curator, and the Student President and Vice President of the Society.
Our graduates affirm that experience really is the best teacher. And in this job market, real-world experience can help you land that first job. Over the past decade, the semester-long Maryland General Assembly internship in Annapolis has launched at least 12 political careers. The National Security Scholars Program introduces three or four Washington College students to the defense industry each year. The departments of art, political science, business management, economics, international studies, and sociology offer a full semester of academic credit for internships available in the nation’s capital. With funding from the Johnson Internship Program, business students have interned with financial services companies, fashion designers, and national magazines.
John S. Toll Fellows Program
Admitted applicants who have expressed interest in studying biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics, or psychology may be invited to apply for an apprenticeship in the John S. Toll Fellows Program. Apprentices are encouraged to assist faculty and senior Toll Fellows who are working on projects in the lab.
Argentina. Italy. South Africa. Thailand. These are just a few of the study-abroad destinations Washington College students can choose. In addition to semester- or yearlong exchange programs and class trips during the school year, WC offers summer programs in Bermuda, China, Ecuador, England, and Tanzania. New this year is a winter term trip to Israel.
Senior Capstone Experience
Biology majors complete independent laboratory or field research projects. Drama students stage their own shows. History majors research and develop senior theses that demonstrate evidence of their interpretive skills. Required of all graduating seniors, the Senior Capstone Experience is the culmination of the undergraduate experience, intended to demonstrate your ability to think critically and to engage in a project of active learning within your major field of study.