The Washington Center (TWC)
The Washington Center (TWC) provides a diverse selection of world-class internship programs and seminars in the heart
of Washington, D.C. Completing a TWC program will equip you with the skills and confidence to thrive in a competitive global marketplace.
TWC is a nonprofit independent educational institution that provides comprehensive learning opportunities in the nation's capital for students from more than 300 colleges and universities. The School of Politics, Society, Justice and Public Service became an affiliate of TWC in 2012, offering full-time semester-long internships and academic seminars with a wide variety of organizations at the nation's capital. The program includes placement, supervision, evaluation, seminars, housing, counseling, special events and other support services.
Washington D.C. is home to hundreds of nonprofits, government agencies, think tanks, multi-national corporations, advocacy groups, law firms, and more. We are currently accepting applications!
Resources and videos
- View the TWC Program Virtual Tour
- Video: TWC Student Spotlight featuring KaBriya Baldwin
- Video: A Day in the Life of a TWC Student
- Video: The Washington Center Internship Program Experience
- Programs for International Students
- Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative
- TWC Disability Services
You can choose a semester-long or summer internship in several areas including Politics & Public Policy; Advocacy, Service, and the Arts; International Affairs; Media & Communications, Law and Criminal Justice. You can earn 15 Political Science credit hours in fall or spring and 12 credit hours in summer. Some of the credits for PSC 390 and PSC 395 may be used to fulfill requirements and electives on the Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration and International Relations majors. The other credits will go towards graduation from CMU.
- Fall and Spring Semesters: 9 hours of PSC 395 (internship), 6 hours of PSC 390 (independent study) - 3 hours for academic course requirement and 3 hours for Leadership Forum.
- Summer Term: 6 hours of PSC 395, 6 hours of PSC 390 as above.
- Must be Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration, or International Relations majors.
- Junior-senior undergraduate status or graduate status.
- 3.0 overall GPA.
- Be at least 18 years old.
Learn more about TWC Internship Programs
Interested in earning 3 hours of academic credit and building your professional network in Washington, D.C., in 1-2 weeks? Consider participating in one of The Washington Center’s Academic Seminars. These seminars offer you the opportunity to network on Capitol Hill, experience the inner workings of Washington, and learn first-hand from some of the nation's top leadership.
These 1-2 week programs are held in January ("Inside Politics") and May ("National Security"). They provide an in-depth look into important current issues and "include experiential fieldwork, relevant site visits or tours, panel interviews and small group discussions." Please visit the TWC Seminars website for more information about earning CMU credits.
Academic Seminars are open to ALL majors at CMU. Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration and International Relations majors may count these credits towards their programs. Other majors must consult with their advisors to determine how to count the credit hours towards their major or degree.
- Junior status by the time the seminar begins.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA.
- Open to any and all CMU majors.
Costs and housing
Two apartment complexes near Capitol Hill and Union Station - Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) and Residential Facility at Elevation. Your regular financial aid usually can be used to pay for the TWC program and your CMU tuition will be waived. Financial aid also is available through TWC.
Applications and deadlines
Plan early! Application materials include: resume, writing sample, statement of interest, and transcripts. All applicants must meet with Dr. Emma Powell before beginning your application. You should meet with her at least 10 days before the TWC deadline.
NOTE: Early application is only for placements that require security clearances, and possibly a few other sites. Some examples are the U.S. Depts. of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, federal law enforcement agencies. All other applicants are encouraged to adhere to the regular deadline.