Advocacy, Service & Arts Program
This program gives students insight into the operations of non-profits, national advocacy groups, nongovernmental organizations, federal agencies or cultural organizations. Students will interact with a variety of professionals who are striving to create a more civil society through advocacy, community service, and the promotion of educational, artistic, and cultural initiatives. During their time in D.C., interns will learn about the many challenges and opportunities facing these organizations as they seek to promote social change.
Academic Program Advisor
One of our academic program advisors will plan programming activities for you and other interns who share your general interests throughout the course of the semester, review your assignments, and visit you on site at your internship.
Past Programming Activities
• Briefing at the U.S. Green Building Council
• Tour of the Kennedy Center
• Panel discussion on veteran’s rights
• Trip to the Human Rights Campaign offices
• Grant writing workshop
• Speaker from the Peace Corps
To read about past programming activities, click on the TWC Now button to the left.
"As a student in the Advocacy, Service and the Arts Program (ASA), I quickly understood that with a large variety of student interests came a large variety of programs. From a visit to The Kennedy Center to guest speakers from City Year and The College Success Foundation, I truly believe the ASA program encouraged me to expand outside my comfort zone and embrace new experiences that have helped me grow immensely during my time at TWC academically, professionally and personally."
-Katie Mancini, Intern with National Dance Education Organization, Dean College, Fall 2012
"The Advocacy, Service, and the Arts program provided the gateway I needed in order to engage in the world of education policy and the vast system of non-profit organizations in D.C. It provided me with the opportunity to learn about causes that I care the most about from both government and non-government leaders, and it encouraged me to expand my knowledge on social justice issues close to my heart. Before participating in the Advocacy, Service, and the Arts program, I was very unsure of my future after graduating college. Now I have clear goals and a career path that has given me a feeling of purpose that was missing before coming to D.C."
-Victoria Wood, Intern with National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Fall 2012