Choosing the Right TWC Opportunity
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We are pleased to help you further explore the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative, but you should know that some applicants may be better served by another TWC option called the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program. Here are a few things to consider as you make your decision:

 

1. Is your institution affiliated with The Washington Center?

If your college or university has a relationship with TWC, there are probably academic and financial arrangements in place to support your participation in the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program for credit during an academic semester or term. At some institutions, you can earn the same amount of credit you’d normally receive for a fall, spring or summer on campus—and you may find that the cost is not much greater. If this is the case, the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program may be right for you. Not sure if your college or university is affiliated? Contact us at info@twc.edu, and we’ll connect you with your liaison for more information.

 

2. Are you interested in considering internship options in the private and nonprofit sectors, as well as positions with government agencies not served by this initiative?

The Federal Diversity Internship Initiative allows students to be considered for a limited set of opportunities within selected agencies. Students who would also like to explore positions with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as government offices not hiring students through this initiative can apply through the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program. In some cases, students applying through the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program can be considered for positions in the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative that match their interests and background, as well.

 

3. Do you want a guaranteed internship in Washington, D.C.?

If you apply to the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program, someone on TWC’s staff will work on your behalf to find an internship that matches your goals for the experience. We will continue referring your materials and helping you be considered for positions until you have accepted an offer. If you apply to the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative, you will be referred to agencies only if your qualifications match an open position description. We do not guarantee placement, and the process is highly competitive. Especially if you are not pursuing a major frequently requested, your chances of placement are not very high. Further, some of the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative positions are not located in Washington, D.C.

 

4. Are you open to accepting an unpaid internship and investing in program/housing fees associated with a D.C. experience?

If you are able to invest in attending the Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program, we may have scholarship assistance to help offset your program and housing costs in part. TWC offers funding from various states and private sources. Depending on the term and our arrangements with your home institution, you may find that the cost is similar to or not much more than spending the same time on campus. The Federal Diversity Internship Initiative provides paid opportunities, and you incur no risk in submitting an application (i.e. there are no fees involved). If you are selected, you would receive a stipend every other week from TWC, and if you need housing, it would be covered for you.

 

5. Do you want to receive academic credit for your participation?

TWC affiliates with hundreds of colleges throughout the world, and they offer academic credit for students’ participation in the full program that we provide. The Federal Diversity Internship Initiative does not involve the same components as our Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program. You would not take a course and participate in programming related to your field, and you would not complete a full portfolio. Students in the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative work 40 hours/week and engage in some professional development workshops. They also complete some journal entries that encourage reflection. Your institution may award internship credit for that experience, but you would need to arrange to receive credit directly at your college or university. TWC does not collect information about whether you’re receiving credit during the application process for the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative, so you will need to proactively communicate with us if you need evaluations mailed to your home institution.

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