National Security Seminar

National Security Seminar

Bringing together college students from across the country to deepen their knowledge and experience on national security matters.

Join college students from around the country for one week in Washington, D.C. to explore the protection of U.S. interests at home, abroad and online. You'll be in the room with national security experts who tackle these issues every day. Get access to organizations and agencies tourists can't and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this intriguing field. While you're here you can investigate your own professional interests and build a professional network. You may even discover a career path you hadn't considered.


To be eligible to participate in this seminar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated within the last 18 months.
  • Be in good standing at your college or university.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with lower GPAs may be considered.
  • Get approval from your campus liaison or a faculty sponsor* (undergraduates only).
  • Commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.

*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email

Seminar Components


You’ll hear from and engage with some of the most distinguished speakers and public national security experts in Washington, D.C. Some of our past speakers include Director of Homeland Security, Dr. Dan Massey and former CIA Director, John Brennan.

Site Visits

We'll help you explore this important topic through the lens of Washington, D.C. and take you into government agencies, think tanks, embassies, media outlets and more. You'll get a behind the scenes look at how our nation’s capital works. In the past, we've taken groups to the Truman National Security Project, Heritage Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the MITRE Corporation.

Small Group Sessions

Faculty lead these sessions allowing for candid give-and-take discussions to help you digest the information you've heard throughout the day. Faculty encourage respectful debate and foster an open environment where you can confidently express your thoughts without fear.

Seminar Cost

The cost of the seminar is $2,295 and includes the program and housing fee. Many of our participants come as part of a group with their home institutions and billing arrangements vary from school to school. If you are participating in a group, you will need to confirm your actual cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email

Housing and Living

During this seminar, you'll be living in NoMa, one of the coolest and 'most connected' neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. You'll be in the middle of it all with easy access wherever you need to go.


Most participants share a 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment with three other participants in our modern academic and residential building. We'll provide everything you need, most of what you'll want, and even some perks you might not have expected.

Each apartment is fully furnished and includes:

  • a full dining set (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee maker and toaster)
  • refrigerator
  • microwave 
  • dishwasher
  • iron and ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and broom
  • washer and dryer
  • wi-fi and cable

What to Pack

As you are packing, please be aware that linens will be provided for seminar participants. The linen package includes a bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, sheets, a blanket and pillow. If you tend to get cold at night, we encourage you to bring an extra blanket. Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • small folding umbrella
  • business professional attire for academic sessions and site visits
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • notebook and pens
  • clothes hangers

Student Services

We give you your space, but we don't leave you totally on your own. Our student services team and alumni mentors make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. And our disability services staff ensures that every student has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

This seminar is designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. If you are participating in a group with your university, please consult with your faculty advisor about your particular credit arrangements.

How to Apply

Start and submit the online application by clicking the button below. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time. You must include the application documents listed in the section below to complete the application process. You are required to submit a $200 deposit along with your application. This deposit is applied towards the program fee and can only be refunded if you are not accepted into the program.

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Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: March 21, 2018
  • Check-In: May 13, 2018
  • Seminar Begins: May 14, 2018
  • Seminar Ends: May 23, 2018
  • Check-Out: May 23, 2018 (after 5PM) – May 24, 2018 (before noon)

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Students should review the Refund and Cancellation Policy before submitting an application. Any students who wish to withdraw their application must send an email to notifying The Washington Center of their decision. TWC will send a confirmation email once each withdrawal has been processed.

  • Students who withdraw on or before the deadline will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges.
  • Students who withdraw after the deadline but within ten (10) calendar days of their acceptance to the program will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges. After the 10-day window has passed, any students who withdraw will be assessed a $350 administrative fee (in addition to the nonrefundable $200 deposit).
  • Students who have already paid their seminar fee and withdraw more than ten (10) calendar days before the start of the seminar will receive a refund of their balance, minus the $200 nonrefundable deposit and $350 administrative fee, as applicable per the terms outlined above.
  • Students who withdraw within ten (10) calendar days of the start of the program (regardless of acceptance date), will be responsible for the entire seminar fee.

If your institution has agreed to cover the cost of your attendance, but you decide to withdraw from the seminar, you will be liable for the above stated fees—even if you did not initially pay a deposit. It is also your responsibility to notify The Washington Center (via in writing as soon as you decide to withdraw. If you fail to do so, you – not your school – will be financially responsible for all associated costs, up to and including the full amount of the seminar fee.