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- The Washington Center (TWC) is a DC based, nonprofit organization founded in 1975. For more than 37 years, we have been bringing students from across the nation and around the world to Washington, D.C. for the chance to test-drive their career of choice.
- As the largest academic internship program in the country—TWC brings together industry leaders, hundreds of colleges and universities and scores of employers.
- Students participate every year in The Washington Center's fall, spring, or summer academic internship programs primarily in Washington with some regional federal government placements and a growing intern abroad program in London, England and Sydney, Australia.
- The Washington Center also offers several 1-to-2-week intensive learning seminars focused on topics ranging from public policy to international affairs. These seminars provide participants with the opportunity to learn in-depth from expert speakers. They also gain understanding through small group discussions, experiential fieldwork, model simulations, interviews, reading and written work.
- Our extensive network of more than 50,000 alumni is an invaluable career resource for students throughout their professional career.
- The Washington Center works with thousands of host organizations to provide students with an once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity.
- Our programs provide access to four potential paths throughout the world—government, business, not for profit and international.
- The Washington Center provides organized programs, learning activities and academic courses, to build upon and enhance a student’s internship experience.
- Over 75% of students receive some type of financial assistance to attend TWC from public and private sources.
- Unlike for-profit counterparts, The Washington Center has educational partnerships with hundreds of colleges and universities and 90% of students attending our regular internship program earn academic credit during their internship, often a whole semester’s worth of credit.
- The Washington Center helps to raise $5 million in scholarships each year.
- Each student applicant has a full-time advisor to oversee his or her academic and professional progress during their participation in our programs.
TWC Process Overview
The Washington Center brings students to D.C. for professional experience and development in the private, public or non-profit sector.
- TWC connects students with a program advisor who sees them through the internship process from beginning to end.
- Throughout the internships, we provide special programming such as lectures, seminars, and networking events with prominent leaders.
- Additionally, our residential academic facility give students the opportunity to live, learn and experience all Washington, D.C. has to offer.
The Washington Center provides college students with relevant work experience, which helps them stand out in a sea of qualified candidates.
- NACE's 2010 Student Survey shows 42.3 percent of the seniors who had internship experience and applied for a job received at least one job offer. Conversely, only 30.7 percent of seniors without internship experience who applied for a job received an offer.
New TWC Study on Internships
In the summer of 2011, TWC studied 531 summer interns and the findings are the first in a series of TWC research projects on the nature, quality and impact of internships in America. A few initial findings are:
- Interns who said they experienced professional growth were more likely than others to receive skills training, mentoring or professional advice and feedback from supervisors about the quality of their work.
- 80% reported that their internship taught them new skills
In 2010, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) in conjunction with MTV-U and Destination DC, launched InternsROCK!
- The first-ever city-wide intern appreciation week, the initiative honors approximately 20,000 interns who flock to the nation’s capital each year.
- In just the first year, 60 restaurants, museums, sporting venues, concert halls and boutique retails outlets came together and offered a variety of discounts to all interns in Washington, DC. 1,200 students participated in the program and in 2011 that number almost doubled to 2,200.
- For 2012 and beyond, InternsROCK! will be expanded to include a kick-off event, new student workshops and even more partnerships with large corporations and community businesses.