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D.C. Link empowers recent college graduates to take charge of their next step. From early June through mid-August, participants live and work in the nation’s capital, sharpening their skills for the job search and, ultimately, their future career.


Gain experience

Participants are guaranteed an internship tailored to their interests and future goals. The internship opens the door for them to advance their skills, add to their resume and build positive relationships within the industry.


Make connections

There’s no place like Washington, D.C. when it comes to networking. Participants can build a network through their professional mentor (who they’ll meet with one-on-one), colleagues at their internship and The Washington Center’s alumni base.


Grow professionally

A successful job search depends on more than a strong resume. Participants will learn the ins and outs of personal branding, career marketing, salary negotiations and more at our Link Sessions.


Look ahead

With D.C. Link, recent graduates are able to live, work and explore opportunities in a major city without jumping into a long-term commitment. This allows them to make contacts in their field of interest, pursue opportunities and consider their next step.


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Applicants selected for D.C. Link are guaranteed fully-furnished, apartment style housing to share with fellow interns. The Washington Center offers housing in our Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa near Capitol Hill, or in one of a few other carefully selected buildings in the neighborhood. View our housing facilities.


Dates and Deadlines


  • Priority Deadline: February 17, 2016
  • Regular Deadline: March 16, 2016
  • Program Dates: June 5 - August 13, 2016

How to Apply

D.C. Link is open to recent college graduates from all academic majors and areas of interest. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis and are not required to have campus liaison/sponsor approval.


To be eligible, candidates must:


  • Receive their bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university within 18 months of starting the program.
  • Graduate with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (students with lower GPAs may be considered)

Program Costs

There is no application fee, but a $250 deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit is applied towards the program fee and is only refunded if the applicant is not accepted into the program.


  • Deposit: $250
  • Program Fee: $3,640
  • Housing Fee: $4,570

Additional Information

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