STUDENTS Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers University of Iowa students the opportunity to work in any one of dozens of fields in private, public, and non-profit organizations in Washington D.C. TWC's academic internship program is available for students of all majors, including the social sciences, humanities, engineering, science, math, the fine arts, and health professions. Successful completion of a fall or spring semester internship will earn 12-15 academic credits; successful completion of a summer internship will earn 6-9 academic credits.
International Internship Placements are available through TWC's London Program.
The Sample Internship Sites section of The Washington Center Web site provides information on the type and variety of internships available.
The University of Iowa has worked with TWC since 1979, and has sent more than 800 students to DC to participate in its various internship and seminar programs. Founded in 1975 as a nonprofit independent, experiential education organization, The Washington Center has over 50,000 alumni worldwide. It has educational partnerships with approximately 850 colleges and universities nationwide and throughout the world, and works with over 3,000 public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the nation’s capital.
- Student must be at least in the second semester of sophomore year at time of internship
- 2.75 preferred minimum cumulative grade point average at the time of application
- Full time Bachelor's degree seeking student in good academic standing
- Completion of on line application and meet with UI Campus Liaison James Seyfer
Participating students are placed in internships according to their interests and career goals. The internships are with federal agencies, congressional or judicial offices, public interest groups, nonprofit organizations, etc. Interns work full time, 4 1/2 days per week, attend a required evening course, and attend all Washington Forum seminars and events. Some students may choose to complete an independent study in their major.
- In order to apply, eligble students must complete an on-line application.
- These items will be needed to complete the application -
- Official Transcript
- Statement of Professional Interest
- Issues Essay
- Letters of Recommendation
There are 2 different application deadlines for each term - a competitive deadline and a regular deadline.
Students remain enrolled at, and receive academic credit the University of Iowa. In the fall or spring semester 12 credits are awarded in the summer session 6 credits. Up to 3 additional internship or independent study hours can be arranged in some majors.
- Participation in The Washington Center is an investment in your future. TWC works closely with schools to make the cost of participation comparable to a semester or summer term on campus.
- Over 75 percent of students participating in our D.C. internship program receive some form of financial assistance beyond their usual campus-based aid.
- Students may qualify for TWC scholarships based on civic engagement and leadership, membership in honors societies, diversity status, disability status, financial need, and more.
- Students indicate within the online application which scholarships they would like to be considered for; note that some scholarships require further documentation, i.e. proof of membership in an honor society, statement of financial need.
- Contact TWC Financial Aid for questions and to get an update on funding post-acceptance.
- Financial Assistance Inquiry Form
- There are also awards for which intern abroad participants can be considered.
- The Washington Center guarantees its interns housing and provides them some of the finest upscale housing available to interns in the area. These facilities provide attractive independent living arrangements in apartment buildings in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C, and suburban Maryland.
- You'll share your apartment with other TWC interns from all over the US and the world. The apartments are located in well-lit, high traffic neighborhoods that provide comfortable surroundings. You'll have access to Washington's Metro subway system, shops, restaurants, and convenience stores.
Read defense letters from previous Washington Center Interns.