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The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 80 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.


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For more than 35 years, students have found The Washington Center’s program an excellent means of finding that kind of opportunity, enriching their studies and launching their careers. Learn more.


Experience Transforms

For over 35 years, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has helped more than 50,000 students from around the world gain valuable experience, and set them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities. In a recent survey, 98% of TWC interns said our program significantly strengthened their career prospects. Now, our alumni are leaders in virtually every field -- public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more.
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Internship Programs

Spring & Postgraduate
1/20/16 – 05/07/16

Still accepting applications on a space-available basis

Students living outside the U.S. deadline – 10/14/15

Pickering Fellowship

Application Deadline
January 15, 2016


Academic Seminars

Inside Washington
January 3-16, 2016

Democratic National Convention
July 17-29, 2016

Republican National Convention
July 10-22, 2016



SMLS: U.S Foreign Policy in the Middle East
The Washington Center capped off the Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series with policy analysts Steve Clemons of The Washington Note, Steven Bucci of The Heritage Foundation and CSPAN Political Editor Steve Scully on Friday, Nov. 20. The final SMLS of the semester appropriately...
November 23, 2015


Longtime TWC President Mike Smith to Step Down in 2016
Former Goldman Sachs executive Christopher Norton named successor.   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michael B. Smith, an integral part of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars for nearly its entire history, will retire as president of the organization in August...
November 5, 2015

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