The Washington Center serves students in all majors, with interests in a wide variety of fields. These include the government, nonprofit and business arenas, as well as many others that may partially overlap with them—the worlds of media and communications, science and technology, law and criminal justice, and international affairs. The Washington Center will help students to find substantive and exciting internship options so that whatever your professional interests may be, you’ll get access to an internship that fits your specific needs. The Washington Center give you the chance to work almost full time, allowing you to feel like a member of the staff at your office. You may assist attorneys during a trial, evaluate capital markets, help in radio or television production or attend congressional hearings. You could be conducting scientific research, advocating policy positions, writing a business plan or developing websites and databases. The Washington Center maintains ties with more than 1,000 organizations that provide high-quality internships in the Washington, D.C. area.
The Washington Center integrates academics with real-world experience. Students take part in their 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.
You are also able to take 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. As part of your activities during the semester, 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.
You will earn 9 credits for the internship [POLS 3991, S/U grading] and 3 credits of Independent Study [POLS 3999, letter grade]. Please meet with the Internship Coordinator in the UConn Political Science department prior to your departure to discuss your internship.
Students have the option of living in The Washington Center Housing, which consists of apartments shared with other Washington Center interns. Apartments are staffed with Resident Assistants. Interns participate in a variety of social activities and trips with the program and have the opportunity to explore the many monuments, museums, and other cultural attractions in Washington D.C.
For more information and how to apply to The Washington Center click here.
Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.
This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).
- Location: Washington DC, United States
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
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|Class status:||Academic area:||Economics, Law, Social Sciences|
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|Open to non-UConn students:||Required GPA:||2.75|