Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ: National Security 2018


Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from students and faculty interested in participating in the program. If you have questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact us at


  1. Learning About National Security 2018
  2. Applying to National Security 2018
  3. Planning for National Security 2018

Learning About National Security 2018


What will I be doing during the academic seminar?


Specific details will be released closer to the start of the program, but below are some of the activities you can expect:


  • Speakers and panelists focused on the topic of national security
  • Site visits to organizations in D.C. with national security connections
  • Tour of the National Mall and monuments
  • Small group meetings with your faculty leader

What kinds of speakers will I hear at the academic seminar?


You’ll hear from speakers and panelists, as well as our faculty director, throughout the program. Past sessions have featured:


  • Amanda Fazzone, United States Department of State
  • Randy Garrett, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Josh Goldfoot, United States Department of Justice
  • Elena Kim-Mitchell, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Edward Villarreal, PNC Financial Services

What kinds of sites will I visit during the academic seminar?


Over the course of the program, you’ll visit sites throughout the D.C. area. Past site visits have included:


  • FBI
  • The Intelligence & National Security Alliance
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Microsoft
  • Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance
  • ThreatConnect

When will the academic seminar schedule be available?


We will announce the tentative program schedule in the weeks before the seminar begins.


Applying to National Security 2018

Who should apply to this academic seminar?


This program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with an interest in learning more about U.S. national security while spending two weeks in Washington, D.C. You don’t need to major in a related field to take advantage of this opportunity.


Can I receive academic credit for my participation?


Academic seminars are designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. The Washington Center does not grant academic credit; in order to receive credit for your participation, you must make arrangements with your home institution through your campus liaison or a sponsor.


If you do not know who your campus liaison or sponsor is, contact


Do I need to have approval from my campus in order to participate?


Undergraduate students and graduate students planning to receive academic credit must have approval of a campus liaison or sponsor in order to participate. If you do not know who your campus liaison is, contact Applicants who have already received an undergraduate or graduate degree and are not planning to receive academic credit for the seminar are not required to have approval from a campus liaison or sponsor.


Planning for Inside Washington 2018

When do I check in and check out for the program?


You should plan to arrive between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. If you must arrive later than 5 p.m., you should make a note in the Community Profile, which accepted students will receive access to on Monday, March 5.


Students can check out any time after the program ends (around 5 p.m.) on Wednesday, May 23 and must be checked out of TWC housing by Thursday, May 24 at noon. Unfortunately, we cannot extend your stay beyond that time, as we need to prepare for our incoming interns.

When will I receive information about check-in?


We will be sending information on check-in procedures closer to the start of the program, but all students will check-in at our Residential & Academic Facility (1005 3rd St NE, Washington, DC 20002).


Can I choose my roommate?


You can request a roommate through the Community Profile. Both students wishing to room together must make their requests.


How will my housing location be assigned?


We will do our best to honor all roommate requests to the extent possible. If you do not request a roommate, you will be semi-randomly assigned a roommate based on the lifestyle questions you answer in the Community Profile. Accepted students will receive their roommate assignments on Wednesday, May 2.


Which airport is closest to D.C.?


Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to downtown D.C. and is most centrally located but it doesn’t always have the lowest fares. Dulles International (IAD) is about 40 miles from downtown and handles mostly long distance flights. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is also about 40 minutes from downtown and often has the lowest fares. All airports are served by Metrorail and Metrobus. You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft car from any of the airports listed above, or you may opt for a SuperShuttle. Be sure to look at options and costs prior to making your travel arrangements.


Will I be responsible for my own transportation?


You will be responsible for your own transportation throughout the program. Depending on which mode of transportation you choose (see above), your roundtrip transportation from the airport to TWC’s Residential and Academic Facility could range from $15 to $40 each way. Beyond that, we recommend budgeting around $40 per week for transportation throughout D.C. You can purchase a SmarTrip card for the Metro or use Uber or Lyft to get around the city.


Will I be responsible for my own meals?


You will be responsible for your own meals throughout the program.


If you choose to live in TWC housing, you will have an equipped kitchen in your apartment with an oven, stove, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher, along with pots, pans, silverware and plates. TWC’s Residential and Academic Facility is located within walking distance of several grocery stores, so you have the option of cooking in your apartment rather than going out to eat. Please note that there may not be time to go back to your apartment to prepare a lunch during the day, so plan to eat out or pack a sack lunch.


If you choose to go out to eat, expect to pay a minimum of about $5-8 for breakfast, $7-10 for lunch and $12 - 15 for dinner.


Am I able to receive a discount on the seminar fee of $2,295 if I do not use TWC housing?


Housing is included as part of the seminar fee. There is no discount if you choose not to utilize the provided housing. Due to the schedule of the academic seminar, we encourage you to live in TWC housing.


What should I bring with me?


As you are packing, please be aware that linens will be provided for seminar participants. The linen package includes a bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, sheets, a blanket and pillow. If you tend to get cold at night, we encourage you to bring an extra blanket. Please be prepared to pack the following:


  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • alarm clock
  • small folding umbrella
  • business professional attire for academic sessions and site visits
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • notebook and pens
  • coat hangers

Many students bring a laptop with them to write in their journals each night. There is Internet access in the apartment buildings and a computer lab for student use. For security purposes, it may be a good idea to bring a laptop lock, just in case.


What should I wear during the program?


You should be dressed in business professional attire during all Washington Center academic seminar events. Men should wear a jacket, slacks, dress shirt and tie, and women can wear a suit, pants suit or dress with a jacket. No jeans, shorts or revealing outfits will be allowed.


What contact information should I have handy?


Our main email address is

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