Career Planning

The Washington Center: Washington, D.C.

Subjects: One seminar, variable topics. Internship. The Washington Center (TWC) assists students from all academic backgrounds in securing full-time internships in Washington, D.C. Through partnerships with over a thousand organizations in the nonprofit, for-profit, governmental and international arenas, TWC advisors are able to find students opportunities that not only match their professional interests, but also allow them to gain hands-on experience in their respective fields. In addition to the full time internships, students also take one academic course and attend a series of leadership, civic engagement, and professional development programming events. There are up to 30 courses offered each semester and summer across all academic disciplines. Through TWC's programming events, students engage with leaders in a range of fields in both the public and private sectors.

Prerequisities: Junior-level standing is required by Albion College for admission into the program. Other factors that will be considered for admission are maturity level, quality of application materials (statement of professional interest, issues essay, resume, and letters of recommendation), and GPA. The basic GPA requirement is a 2.75, though keep in mind that a higher GPA may be required for the most competitive of placements. Due to background check requirements for some placements, early application submission may also be required. For dates and deadlines, we encourage you to review information on TWC’s website. Lastly, all students attending TWC from Albion must be approved by the campus liaison, Patrick McLean, prior to being granted admission by TWC.

Length: Fall or Spring Semester or Summer Term

Credit: The 4.0 units: 2.0 unit Internship, 1.0 unit seminar, and 1.0 unit for LEAD Colloquium. Summer credit is 2.0 units. Washington Center program is a comprehensive working, learning, and living experience, through which students not only complete a full-time internship, but also take an engaging academic course of their choosing, and attend weekly programming that furthers their professional development and exploration into their chosen career paths. For completion of this program, students receive academic credit directly from Albion College. Upon completion of a 15-week fall or spring semester program, students receive 4 units of credits, two as internship credit and one as seminar credit, and 1.0 unit for LEAD Colloquium. For the summer term program, which is 10 weeks in length, students receive 2 units of credit, one as internship credit and one as seminar, or students may apply both credits towards the internship.

Housing: Most students are housed in The Washington Center's privately owned and operated Residential & Academic Facility (RAF), located in the NoMa neighborhood. The RAF is centrally located and convenient to all forms of public transit, such as the Metro, DC's underground subway system. The Washington Center also partners with other professional-style apartment facilities in the NoMa neighborhood to provide additional housing when necessary. Visit http://www.twc.edu/program-fees for more information on housing.

Cost: Albion College tuition and room charges cover program tuition and room fees.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: The program fees associated with The Washington Center program are covered by students’ tuition charges paid to Albion for the semester or term of attendance. Housing fees are paid directly to Albion College. Students are responsible for travel to and from Washington, D.C., as well as local transportation and living expenses while in the program. Depending on lifestyle, it is estimated that students spend between $125 and $200 per week.

(Note: The U.S. Attorney's office, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Justice are agencies that require background checks, so students need to apply six (6) months in advance for these programs.)

Faculty Advisor: Patrick McLean, Robinson Hall,

Comments: The Washington Center offers some scholarships. See the brochure and the faculty advisor. Students should keep in mind that Washington is a very expensive city; internships require local transportation and they should budget accordingly. The Washington Center awards scholarships to between 75% and 80% of the students attending their programs during any given term or semester. To give yourself the greatest chance of receiving one of their awards, we encourage you to plan ahead and apply by the priority deadline. Amounts tend to range between $500 and $3,000. Read the descriptions of the available scholarships on TWC’s website www.twc.edu/internships/washington-dc-programs/program-costs-scholarships/us-students

Contact:
If you have any questions about The Washington Center and would like additional details on the program, please contact them directly:

E-mail:
Main Phone: (202) 238-7900
Toll Free: (800) 486-8921
Website: www.twc.edu

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
1333 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Sample Questions You Might Ask an Interviewer

Asking questions of your interviewer is the simplest way of showing knowledge about the position and an interest in the company. Don't interrupt with questions but be prepared when given the opportunity.

Sample questions you might ask a potential employer

  • What is a typical day like?
  • What personal qualities/characteristics are most important for success in this position/organization?
  • What working relationships will I have with others in the organization?
  • How often will my performance be evaluated? How will I be evaluated?
  • What are the prospects for future growth and expansion of this company?
  • What are the major changes that this organization wishes to bring about?
  • What training opportunities are available to better prepare employees for their position or for advancement?
  • What is the company's management philosophy?
  • Has this organization hired Albion graduates in the past? If so, what is their success record?
  • What will be expected of me as a new employee?
  • What has been your career path with this company?

If interviewing for a teaching position

  • What is the average class size?
  • What auxiliary services are offered to the student? To the teacher?
  • Describe the economic/cultural mix of students in your district.
  • Does the community support the school district? How?
  • What type of support does the administration provide for teachers?

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Washington Semester: Washington, D.C.

A Program of the American University

Subjects: Program options: American Politics - Foreign Policy - Global Economics & Business - International Environment & Development - International Law & Organizations - Journalism & New Media - Justice & Law - the Middle East & World Affairs - Peace & Conflict Resolution - Transforming Communities & Public Policy

An internship is required for each of the program options.

Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity.

Length: Semester or summer.

Credit: Generally 4.0 units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit) dependent on courses chosen. Includes 1.0 unit of internship credit.

Housing: On Campus Residence Halls or Off Campus Apartments

Cost: Albion College tuition plus supplemental covers program tuition. Students may apply for scholarship aid from American University.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: Travel to/from Washington; housing (various room options are available); food (various meal plans are available); transportation locally and during vacation travel; textbooks (approximately $200-$300); entertainment; miscellaneous personal expenses. Students should keep in mind that Washington is a very expensive city; internships require local transportation and they should budget accordingly.

Faculty Advisor: Dyron Dabney, 319 Robinson Hall, e-mail:

Comments: Albion College students may apply for a partial tuition scholarship (up to $2,500) to help reduce the program charges. The program consists of a two-course seminar (study portion), an internship, and a research project. For full details on the summer program, go to: www.american.edu/spexs/summerintern/index.cfm

Contact:
Dr. Leroy Miller, Director
Washington Semester Program
American University, School of Professional & Extended Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D. C. 20016-8083
Telephone: 202/895-4900
Fax: 202/895-4960
E-mail:
Web: www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/

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