The Washington, D.C. Internship Experience
There’s no better way to transition from the classroom to the workplace than with an internship. In fact, interning is becoming a crucial step in landing that all-important first job. You’ll gain valuable experience, insight into possible career paths, a network of professional connections, and direction for your future. So it’s no surprise that the majority of undergraduates are making it a priority to complete an internship by the time they graduate.
But an internship is only part of the story
One of the many things that make TWC special is its unique integration of academics with real-world experience. You’ll take part in our Leadership Forum, which is a structured set of activities that enriches your experience in Washington, D.C. It helps you understand leadership and the opportunity you have to contribute to your community locally, nationally and internationally.
We also offer a wide variety of classes to complement your internship. TWC courses range across many academic disciplines, and you'll select one that meets during one evening each week. Academic coursework extends your on-campus learning and may help you earn credit from your home institution.
Lastly, you’ll complete a professional portfolio that helps you to set goals for and reflect upon your time in Washington. This document ties together all that you’ve learned throughout your semester or summer term with TWC.
The Three Components of the Washington, D.C. Internship Program
The Leadership Forum
The Academic Course - Course Guide here
Pursue Your Academic Interests
An academic course is an integral part of your Washington Center experience. You’ll be able to choose one from approximately 30 courses typically offered each semester or summer term.
These are serious academic courses that, combined with the internship, can help you earn credit at your home college or university. They have in many cases a direct relationship to the work you’re doing throughout the week, and range from politics, business and economics to international affairs and communications.
The courses, led by highly qualified faculty who are dedicated teachers, meet one night per week. They are grounded in traditional disciplines, yet taught within the context of the wide array of resources available in Washington, D.C.
List of Academic Courses
American Politics and Public Policy
Campaigning for a Cause: How Advocacy Groups Change the World
Government and Business in the New Economic and Political Reality
The American Presidency
Business, Management and Public Administration
Global Markets and International Business Strategies
From Ideas to Action: The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship
Media and the Movies
The Mass Media and National Politics: Explaining Washington to the Public
International Affairs and Foreign Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Change
International Human Rights
How Washington Engages the Arab Middle East
Law and Criminal Justice
Philosophy of Law, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitutional Tradition
White Collar Crime
Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Essentials for Aspiring Leaders
Nonprofit Leadership and Management Research
Research and Writing Seminar
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Issues in Science Policy
Washington, D.C.-based Courses
Scandalous Washington: Uncovering D.C. History
Black Broadway and Beyond: The African-American Experience in Washington, D.C.
Participants in the Postgraduate Professional Development Program may choose a course specifically designed for them, or one from our general offerings.
A course guide (including descriptions and faculty biographies) for your specific term in Washington will be made available approximately 4 to 6 weeks prior to your arrival. You’ll have an opportunity to select your top five course options and be placed into one (in most cases your first or second choice). Add/drop requests are then accepted via email.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||10/01/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Summer||2021||03/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Semester||2021||03/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.