The Internship Experience
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A typical week blends a four day internship with program-specific rigorous academics every week. From Monday through Thursday, they go to their internship placements where they gain work experience and acquire skills, abilities and attitudes that will benefit them in their future careers. They also register to attend one course a week through The Washington Center during their semester.

Fridays are dedicated to tours, lectures or other activities where they meet with distinguished leaders with diverse professional backgrounds. There, students engage in substantive discussions from different topics of international relevance as well as issues affecting Puerto Rico. Participants will visit organizations that offer unique opportunities to learn from global influencers such as:


  • World Bank
  • Organization of American States
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • The Capitol
  • The Pentagon
  • Library of Congress
  • The Newseum

Conferences also play a large role in the academic structure of the program. Throughout the semester students may participate in meetings taking place in Washington, D.C., that may focus on:


  • Communication and Negotiation Skills
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration Policy
  • U.S.-Puerto Rico Relations
  • Education
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Free Trade Agreements in Latin America
  • Environmental issues

Students are encouraged to attend additional events on their own throughout the week to practice networking skills and engage in deep conversations on different issues with other professionals in the Washington, D.C. area. They also must work as part of teams in order to complete a civic engagement project by identifying a problem that affects the local community and engaging in creating a positive impact.

Experience a Day in the Life of an Intern at The Washington Center

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