Pre-Arrival Questions

Pre-Arrival Questions

: Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the dates of the program? Are there any scheduled breaks?

The dates for each term are provided on our website. There are not any breaks provided in the schedule. The only exception to this would be national holidays, such as July 4th, on which both The Washington Center and internship sites are closed. Otherwise, students are expected to be in attendance at all TWC events and at their internship sites during the times designated by their supervisor.


What do I need to do prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C.?

After your are accepted to TWC's academic internship program, there are several steps you should take before you arrive in D.C.. For instructions on these procedures, you should pay very close attention to your email inbox, as you will receive notification when it is time to complete such tasks. If you unsure at any point about whether you have completed a necessary step in the process, please contact your internship advisor or email


When can I expect to hear from someone at TWC post-acceptance?

Shortly after you are accepted, you will be contacted by email to set up a Skype or phone session with your internship advisor, at which point the internship matching process will begin. Review this information for insight into how the process will work.


How can I contact TWC with questions I have pre-arrival?

Most of your pre-arrival questions will be covered in conversations with your internship advisor. If you have any trouble reaching your advisor, you may also contact The Washington Center by emailing This inbox is monitored daily so you should expect a timely response. If you would rather speak to someone on the phone, please call 202-238-7900 and you will be connected to the appropriate department.


What airport should I select if I’m flying to Washington, D.C.?

There are three airports in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Ronald Reagan International Airport is the most conveniently located, as it is connected to the Metrorail system, while the other two require additional means of transportation into the city.


What kind of clothing will I need to bring?

The clothing that students should bring with them to Washington, D.C. should be a mix between professional attire and casual and comfortable attire. Students are required to wear professional attire to many TWC events and activities and also at most internship sites. However, it also wise to pack comfortable clothing for weekends and exploring the city.

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