Why and How to Affiliate

Why and How to Affiliate

: With The Washington Center

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Affiliation offers an immediate enhancement to a college or university’s educational programs. But it can also be an asset for your institution’s admissions, public relations and advancement efforts.


  • It can help attract and retain academically talented, motivated students.
  • It helps further position the institution as one connected to the larger world and supportive of public service and other forms of civic engagement.
  • Affiliated colleges and universities can include their TWC program in their admissions catalogs and recruitment materials, course listings, alumni newsletters and other publications, and on their websites.
  • Feature articles about student experiences in Washington, D.C., offer compelling examples of the educational opportunities open to students at those institutions.
  • The Office of Institutional Relations is available to answer any questions you may have as you consider establishing a relationship between your college or university and The Washington Center.

Campus liaisons, faculty and students at affiliated institutions enjoy some distinctive benefits:


  • Students recommended for admission by affiliated institutions are given preference for acceptance.
  • Students from affiliated institutions receive priority consideration for financial assistance.
  • Faculty from affiliated institutions are given priority in the selection of faculty leaders for the academic seminars. Faculty leaders receive free housing and an additional stipend.


How to Affiliate

TWC provides an Institutional Preferences Form that details the steps for affiliating; the president or chief academic officer need only send a completed copy of this form. Alternatively, the president or chief academic officer may send a letter to the President of The Washington Center. In either case, the document should:


  • Designate a campus liaison with contact information.
  • Include the number and type of credits that will be awarded for successful completion of programs.
  • Identify who should receive invoices for program and housing fees for both internship and academic seminar participants.

Billing, credit, and liaison arrangements may be modified at any time by notifying The Washington Center.

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