History & Description
The Washington Center is the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country. It brings together exceptional and dedicated college students, civic, governmental and business leaders, hundreds of colleges and universities, scores of public and private host organizations (or internship sites), and more than 50,000 alumni. Founded in 1975, TWC is a unique educational center based on a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework and real-life challenges.
Every person sees Washington differently, because it is a city of multiple personalities. "Outwardly serene and classically beautiful, the Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court stand at the heart of Washington, D.C. They are powerful, steadfast symbols of the stability and strength of the nation. But the city that revolves around this axis is in a constant state of change, lived on a more human scale."
About The Program
Please note that the Washington Center program has an earlier application deadline. See Explorations/Study Abroad for more details.
Housing is guaranteed for all TWC interns who request it. The on-campus amenities provided in each room are: high speed Internet, basic cable, local telephone service, air conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom. To view more information regarding housing such as the amenities offered and pictures of the layout, please click on this link: http://www.twc.edu/internships/living/housing.
Food & Laundry
You will have access to a fully-equipped kitchen as well as numerous, great restaurants off-campus. No meal plan is offered.
In the on-campus housing, you will have access to excellent laundry facilities.
It’s easy to go anywhere you want using the Metro, D.C.’s easily accessible public transit system, and you’ll want to go everywhere! To view more about Washington's public transportation system, click on the following link: http://www.wmata.com/.
The Washington Center works to arrange the very best internship opportunities in D.C. by coordinating with highly regarded companies, international organizations, nonprofits and key government agencies and offices. The process of arranging an internship takes time. The list of prospective internships changes from one term to the next, and new relationships are established on a regular basis to help expand the options available to students. Once potential employers have identified their needs for an upcoming term, the highly individualized placement process gets underway. To learn more about the internship selection process, please click on this link: http://www.twc.edu/internships/working/placement-process. To learn more about typical internship activities, please click on this link: http://www.twc.edu/internships/working/typical-structure. And to view available internships, please click on this link: http://www.twc.edu/internships/all-programs.
Cultural outings and unique experiences are organized through Student Life and in each program area or you can explore on your own. Washington, D.C., offers lots to do and see all around town: incredible museums and galleries, cultural and sporting events, recreation and outdoor activities, and great restaurants and nightlife. The entire city is right outside your front door.
American Politics and Public Policy, Business and Administration, Communications, History, Cultural Studies and Washington, D.C., International Affairs and Foreign Policy, Law and Criminal Justice, and Research
Internship (9 Credits)
- Monday-Thursday (32-35 hours per week)
Seminar (3 Credits)
- Reflect and write about internship
- Leadership development, cross-cultural communication
- Speaker series
- Service Learning Component
Academic Course (3 Credits)
- Choose from list of elective courses
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.) If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for this program is approximately $1,000 more han housing at BW. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.