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Transforming Today's Students into Tomorrow's Leaders

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.


The Washington Center Advantage

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

Since 1975, 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

Fall Semester
8/24/16 – 12/10/16

Global Competencies
8/24/16 – 12/10/16

Accepting applications
on a space-available basis

Students living outside the U.S. deadline – 5/4/16


Academic Seminars

Presidential Inauguration
January 8-21, 2017



Washington: The City of Opportunities
May 26, 2016. The date I set out for a trip I had no idea would make a profound impact on what I aimed to do in life. I came into the city known as the political hub of the world as a person who is interested in politics and I left as a person who wanted to engage with the...
September 9, 2016


Chris Norton Begins New Legacy as Third TWC President
Christopher K. Norton, former vice chair of The Washington Center’s board of directors, became the organization’s third president on Sept. 1, 2016. Michael B. Smith, an integral part of TWC for nearly its entire history, retired as president of the organization in August...
September 1, 2016

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