Interested in politics, public policy, international relations, business, health care, non-profits, education, or the arts?
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, known as TWC, provides immersive internships and academic seminars to students from hundreds of colleges and universities and young professionals from across the U.S. and more than 25 countries.
The University of Florida is a partner institution, expanding the reach of the campus by offering UF students access and opportunities in the Washington D.C. area that allow them to earn academic credit while interning. Summer, fall, and spring internships are available in more than 2000 public, private, non- profit and government agencies in all fields in Washington, D.C.
Upcoming Information Session
A virtual information session about Center opportunities will be held Friday, June 5, at 1 pm via Zoom. During this session, a representative from The Washington Center will cover the application and placement process, skills you can gain at an internship site, course offerings, professional development opportunities and more.
Please register in advance for the session at this link:
You can contact the UF liaison, Marianne Vernetson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, she offers office hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to noon, or by appointment. Stop by the Bob Graham Center, 220 Pugh Hall, to pick up a very helpful program brochure.
What majors should participate in the TWC internship program?
All undergraduate majors are invited to apply. TWC has over 600 site partners hosting hundreds of interns every year. Students are placed, according to their interests, in non-profits, government, the private sector, the arts, finance and so on. See their very informative Sample Internships handout.
Do I have to find my own internship?
A TWC internship advisor will guide you through the decision process and help match you to the position that’s right for you.
Where can I get more information about the Washington Center?
Start with the website at www.twc.edu and go to the Academic Internship Program area for helpful information (https://twc.edu/programs/academic-internship-program) You can also stop by the Bob Graham Center in Pugh 220 to pick up an informative brochure. For further information contact Marianne Vernetson, the UF program adviser at email@example.com or e-mail her for an appointment to talk to her.
How do I apply for the program?
The application is on-line at the site above. Once you have completed the short and long essay and your resume is in order contact the Bob Graham Center TWC adviser (currently Marianne Vernetson) for an appointment. She will need to go over these for approval. Once that is done, you can upload the application materials. After the BGC adviser approves, you will receive notification from TWC that you have been accepted into the program.
What are the deadlines for the upcoming year?
Summer 2020: Feb. 19, 2020 (early deadline)**; March 18, 2020 Fall 2020: April 8, 2020 (early deadline); May 6, 2020 Some internships have earlier deadlines than TWC (law enforcement opportunities; international relations fields; various think tanks, embassies and museums. If you are interested in these, submit an application by January 2020.)
Is there assistance to help pay for the program?
Fortunately the state of Florida provides a $ 9000 award toward the cost of the program. By applying to the program you will be eligible for this award, if you apply by the priority deadline (and the money has not runout). If you need financial assistance, you should also ask TWC if you are eligible for other smaller awards.
How do credits for the program work?
To receive the Florida scholarship described above, you will need to sign up for internship credits through UF. You may be able to earn credits from you major or you will be able to use IDS 4945 Washington Internship credit (an elective). To use this credit you need to apply through Marianne Vernetson.
How many credits should I take during the semester I am doing my internship?
That depends on a number of factors. Do you have Bright Futures or other scholarship or financial aid that require you to take a certain number of credits a semester? Will you be taking an on-line course during the internship? Talk to your adviser about this or the UF TWC representative.
What are the components of the TWC Internship Program?
The internships takes place Monday through Thursday. Thursday evening you take a course in an academic area of interest. Friday is dedicated to professional development which you can showcase at the end of the course in an ePortfolio, allowing you to feature your academic achievements, learning outcomes, career competencies and skills and so on.
Can I get credit for the Thursday evening course through UF?
No. The successful completion of the course is part of the requirements for earning internship credit. You may ask an advisor in the relevant department at UF if this is possible but approval will require a course syllabus, information on the instructor’s credentials and so on. This involves a lot of work on the student’s part.
Have other UF students found this to be an effective program?
Students have very much enjoyed TWC. The Bob Graham Center TWC adviser can put you in touch with a student who participated in the past.