Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

: Inside Washington 2018

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These questions are some of the most frequently asked from students and faculty interested in participating in the program. If you have questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact us at


  1. Learning About Inside Washington 2018
  2. Applying to Inside Washington 2018
  3. Planning for Inside Washington 2018


Learning About Inside Washington 2018


What will I be doing during the academic seminar?


Specifics will be released closer to the time of the seminar, but below are some of the activities you can expect during your time in the academic seminar:


  • Speakers and panelists related to the theme of “Media, Politics, and Advocacy Redefined”
  • Site visits to various organizations in D.C.
  • Tour of the National Mall and monuments
  • Small group meetings with your faculty leader to debrief

What kinds of speakers/panelists will I hear at the academic seminar?


You’ll hear from speakers and panels, as well as our faculty director, throughout the program. Past sessions have featured:


  • Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Howard Dean, Former DNC Chairman
  • Michael Steele, Former RNC Chairman
  • Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress
  • Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
  • Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
  • Stephanie Shriock, EMILY’s List
  • Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council

What kinds of sites will I visit during the academic seminar?


Over the course of the program, you’ll visit sites throughout the D.C. area. Past site visits have included:


  • Cato Institute
  • Voice of America
  • Israeli Embassy
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Politico
  • Media Matters for America
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Brookings Institution

When will The Washington Center academic seminar schedule be available?


We will announce the tentative program schedule in the weeks before the seminar begins.

Applying to Inside Washington 2018


Who should apply to this academic seminar?


This program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with an interest in learning more about politics, media and advocacy while spending a couple of weeks in Washington, D.C. You don’t need to major in a related field to take advantage of this opportunity.

Can I receive academic credit for my participation?


Academic seminars are designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. The Washington Center does not grant academic credit; in order to receive credit for your participation, you must make arrangements with your home institution through your campus liaison or a sponsor.


Do I need to have approval from my campus in order to participate?


Undergraduate students and graduate students planning to receive academic credit must have approval of a campus liaison or sponsor in order to participate. If you do not know who your campus liaison is, contact Applicants who have already received an undergraduate or graduate degree and are not planning to receive academic credit for the seminar are not required to have approval from a campus liaison or sponsor.

Planning for Inside Washington 2018


When do I check in and check out for the program?


You should plan to arrive between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. If you must arrive later than 5 p.m., you should make a note in the Community Profile, which accepted students will be able to access after acceptance.


Students can check out any time after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 and must be checked out of TWC housing by noon on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Unfortunately, we cannot extend your stay beyond that time, as we need to prepare for our incoming interns. If you are continuing on as an intern with TWC, you will be given instructions about when you will be moving to your spring housing location.


When will I receive information about check-in?


We will be sending information on check-in procedures closer to the start of the program, but all students will check-in at our Residential & Academic Facility (1005 3rd St NE, Washington, DC 20002).


Can I choose my roommate?


You can request a roommate through the Community Profile. Both students wishing to room together must make their requests.


How will my housing location be assigned?


We will do our best to honor all roommate requests to the extent possible. If you do not request a roommate, you will be semi-randomly assigned a roommate based on the lifestyle questions you answer in the Community Profile.


Which airport is closest to D.C.?


Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to downtown D.C. and is most centrally located but it doesn’t always have the lowest fares. Dulles International (IAD) is about 40 miles from downtown and handles mostly long distance flights. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is also about 40 minutes from downtown and often has the lowest fares. All airports are served by transit (bus and light rail) and taxi/car share—be sure to look at options and costs prior to making your travel arrangements.


Will I be responsible for my own meals?


Students will be responsible for their own meals. Students living in TWC housing will have a full kitchen in their apartment, so they have the option of cooking in their apartment rather than going out to eat.


Am I able to receive a discount on the seminar fee of $2,295 if I do not use TWC housing?


Housing is included as part of the program fee. There is no discount if a student chooses to not utilize the provided housing. Due to the schedule of the academic seminar, we encourage students to live in TWC housing.


Should I buy a Metro/WMATA pass since I am responsible for my own transportation?


Purchasing a transit pass is recommended; you can purchase a pass before you arrive or wait until you’re in D.C. Most people will likely purchase the 7-Day Short Trip Pass for for $36. Here is the link to passes.


How much should I budget for out-of-pocket expenses?


Your expenses are likely to include roundtrip ground transportation from the airport to the housing location, which could range from $15 to $40 each way, the cost of a transit pass (probably $36 for 7 days), and the cost of meals. If you eat out, expect to pay about $7-10 for lunch and $12 to 15 minimum for dinner, but it is easy to spend more if you want. If you go to a nearby grocery store, you can save money by preparing your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every apartment at the Residential and Academic Facility has a fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, plates, refrigerator and dishwasher.


What should I bring with me?


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
  • alarm clock
  • small folding umbrella
  • business professional attire for academic sessions and site visits
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • notebook and pens


Many students bring a laptop with them to write in their journals each night. There is Internet access in the apartment buildings and a computer lab for student use. For security purposes, it may be a good idea to bring a laptop lock, just in case.


What should I wear during the program?


You should be dressed in business professional attire during all Washington Center academic seminar events. Men should wear a jacket, slacks, dress shirt and tie, and women can wear a suit, pants suit or dress with a jacket. No jeans, shorts or revealing outfits will be allowed.


What contact information should I have handy?


Our main email address is

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