The Student Experience in Brief
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At The Washington Center, students live, work and study in our nation’s capital or in other countries. The internship program is more than a place to work, it is a well-rounded learning experience that develops practical skills, hones students’ interests, and opens young minds to a world of diversity and opportunity. TWC’s program is comprised of the student’s work, a rigorous academic course, and the LEAD Colloquium.

The Internship

  • Students work in their internship for 32 hours each week.
  • Interns are placed across all sectors including private companies, government agencies or Congressional offices, nonprofits, and international organizations.
  • Interns spend at least 80% of the time on substantive, non-clerical work.

Academic Coursework

  • Students are enrolled in programs suited to their majors and professional interests. All majors are welcome at TWC.
  • Everyone participates in one of up to 30 academic courses.
  • Each course is designed to be worthy of academic credit; professors are experienced academics or experts in their fields.

The LEAD Colloquium

  • Students take part in special programming each Friday that enhances their internship experience and academic studies. Included are the Alan K. Simpson - Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series and a variety of other events, workshops, interviews, seminars and insiders’ tours of Washington institutions.
  • As part of their civic engagement experience, students participate in the Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill, which allows them to interact with Capitol Hill policymakers, including Members of Congress and/or their staffs in small intimate meetings where they gain an in-depth, firsthand perspective of Congress, policy and politics.
  • Students complete a portfolio that outlines their work in D.C.

Beyond the academic programming and work experience, students gain invaluable life experience living in Washington, D.C. Housing is provided in conveniently located, fully furnished apartment units in secured-access buildings.

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

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