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.
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.3.0 units: 2.0 unit Internship, 1.0 unit seminar. Summer credit is 2.0 units. Students may choose to have 1.0 unit internship and 1.0 unit seminar, or 2.0 units of internship. Washington Center program is a comprehensive working, learning, and living experience, through whichstudents not only complete a full-time internship, but also take an engaging academic course of theirchoosing, 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 3 units of credits, two as internship credit and one as seminar credit. 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: The Washington Center guarantees housing to all students participating in its program. All housing is professional-style, fully furnished apartments shared among TWC interns. The Washington Center owns and operates one apartment facility in central D.C. near Capitol Hill, named the Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa and is also partnering with another facility in nearby Silver Spring, MD to provide The Residential Facility at Solaire. These living arrangements are designed to give students the experience of living independently as young professionals. Learn more about TWC’s housing: www.twc.edu/internships/washington-dc-programs/housing
Cost: Albion College tuition and room charges cover program tuition and room fees.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: The program and housing fees associated with The Washington Center program are covered by students’ tuition and housing charges paid to Albion for the semester or term of attendance. 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.)
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 competitive 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
If you have any questions about The Washington Center and would like additional details on the program, please contact them directly:
Main Phone: (202) 238-7900
Toll Free: (800) 486-8921
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
1333 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036