The Washington Center offers full-time internships to undergraduate students in nearly all majors in the Washington DC area. Students can earn 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters and 12 in the summer. There are ten $10,000 scholarships available to help offset the costs of this exciting opportunity! Students must participate in the Fall, Spring, or Summer term to be considered, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gain valuable professional experience and network with others in the DC area (DC, Maryland, Virginia)!
Spend Fridays in a career-intensive program that expands your horizons and helps you hone in on what YOU want to do with your career!
Open to students with sophomore standing and a GPA of 2.75!
Over 600 partnering internship organizations!
Find out what it’s like to LIVE in the nation’s capital!
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
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Explore the Washington DC area to your heart’s content – national landmarks like the Capitol Building, the Vietnam Memorial, and the (free!) Smithsonian Institute Museums! Art galleries, the Spy Museum, the National Geographic Society, neighborhood farmer’s markets, Poets and Busboys bookstore, jogging or Frisbee on the National Mall! Go farther afield, to Mount Vernon, Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay, Shenandoah National Park, Philadelphia, New York and more!
Sophomore or higher standing
All majors accepted
Undergraduates will enroll in 15 credit hours during the registration period:
NEW 484: Internship (12)
NEW 494: The Washington Center (3)
All internships and the evening course are semester-long. The evening course is taught as an in-person lecture course one evening per week.
Senior Lecturer and SSBS Internship Director
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
New College of Interdisciplinary Sciences and Arts
E-mail: Kathleen Waldron
Kathleen Waldron is the liaison for The Washington Center. You must meet with her before your application will be considered complete.
Students live in The Washington Center (TWC) housing, located near Union Station in NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue). Four students share an apartment that consists of a living / dining / kitchen are as well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Kitchens are fully stocked with cooking utensils; students need to bring only bed linens, towels, and personal items. A full fitness room is located in TWC housing.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Fall 2020 is $15,850.
Program Fee includes: Housing, internship placement services and cultural events. Not included: Tuition for the fifteen credits in which you will be enrolled for this program, round-trip airfare to and from Washington DC, meals, transportation costs, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items. The Spring 2021 program fee is TBD. This price includes: housing, internship placement services and cultural events. Not included: tuition for the fifteen credits in which you will be enrolled for this program, round-trip airfare to and from Washington DC, meals, transportation costs, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for Fall or Spring for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Fall Cost Sheet or Spring Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program. The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.
ASU offers ten students $10,000 per academic year (subject to legislative re-approval) to help offset TWC program and housing fees. In addition, TWC offers a discount on housing of $1,500 to the same ten students.
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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.