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The Washington Center Internship Program

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 400 public, private, non- profit and government agencies in all fields in Washington, D.C.

TWC is currently accepting applications for their Academic Internship Program, in Washington D.C. or remote, and their virtual Inauguration 2021 seminar.

Deadlines for Spring 2021 are October 7 (early deadline) and November 4 (regular deadline). More information can be found in the FAQs below.

Information Sessions

A virtual information session will be held on Wednesday, September 30 at 1:00pm EST. Register in advance to attend the session or receive the on-demand recording. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive continual updates.

Contact

Please sign up here to get in touch with TWC’s admissions team and contact UF liaison and Graham Center Associate Director, Marianne Vernetson, at mvernetson@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1080 to set up an appointment to discuss TWC.

Resources

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Preparing for D.C.

Download a Sample List of TWC Internships

FAQs

What majors should participate in the TWC internship program?

All undergraduate majors are invited to apply. TWC has over 400 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?

No. 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?

Visit their website at Start www.twc.edu and go to the Academic Internship Program area for helpful information (https://twc.edu/programs/academic-internship-program) You can also contact Marianne Vernetson, the UF program adviser at mvernetson@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1080 to set up an appointment to speak with her, or sign up at info.twc.edu/campus to get in touch with TWC’s admissions team.

How do I apply for the program?

The application is on-line at twc.edu/apply. Once you have completed the statement of interest, long essay and your resume is in order, email Marianne Vernetson, UF’s program advisor, for an appointment.  She will review your materials, provide feedback for your submission and next steps. Once that is complete, you can upload the application materials. After UF’s approval, you will receive notification from TWC that you have been accepted into the program.

What are the deadlines for the upcoming year?

Spring 2021

  • Early Deadline: October 7, 2020
  • Regular Deadline: November 4, 2020

Summer 2021

  • Early Deadline: February 7, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: March 17, 2021

Fall 2021

  • Early Deadline: April 7, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: May 5 2021

∗Early Deadline: Applying by the Early Deadline gives you the chance to hear from TWC sooner and be considered for internship sites that have earlier internal timelines.

Is there assistance to help pay for the program?

Yes, the state of Florida provides a $ 9,000 award toward the cost of the program, $1,000 of this award is housing contingent. If you need additional financial assistance, you should also ask TWC if you are eligible for other smaller awards.

TWC is offering a special scholarship for the Spring 2021 Virtual Program, so UF students will only pay $500 out of pocket for the TWC fees.

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 can register for IDS 4945 Washington Internship credit (an elective). To use this credit you need to apply with 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?

Whether you join TWC for a semester or a summer, in Washington, D.C. or from the comfort of your couch, they guarantee to deliver the three essential parts of the program: an internship, an academic course and career preparation.

Internship: TWC partners with over 400 different internship sites in D.C. (and around the country) and work with you one-on-one to select an internship. Once you begin your internship, you’ll be working on projects related to your interests with a supervisor who cares about your growth and success.

Academic Course: You will take an academic course one evening a week. You’ll be able to choose a course based on your interests and gain access to faculty members who not only work as professors, but often as professionals in their field.

Professional development: The third part of the TWC program is focused on your professional growth and career readiness. Through a variety of professional development workshops you will gain the skills, knowledge and the network you need to launch a career after you graduate.

Can I get credit for the 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 and what is required to receive credit. Some materials needed will be the instructor’s academic credentials and the course syllabus.

Where will I live while on the program?

TWC now offers students the option to participate remotely or in Washington D.C.

If you are participating in Washington D.C. you are guaranteed housing at TWC’s residential facility. These facilities are two-bedroom apartments right in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington DC, within walking distance to Union Station and Capitol Hill. You’ll share your apartment with other TWC interns. You’ll have access to Washington’s Metro subway system, Capital Bikeshare, shops, restaurants, museums and grocery stores. All apartments offer the following amenities:

  • Fully-furnished 4-person apartments, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (currently 2-person apartments due to COVID procedures)
  • Fully-equipped kitchens with granite countertops and full-sized appliances, including dishwashers and microwave ovens, as well as all cooking and eating utensils
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning units
  • Washer and dryer unit in the apartment
  • Vacuum cleaner, plunger, ironing board and iron provided as well
  • Mounted TV on wall, high speed wireless internet access

Have other UF students found this to be an effective program?

Yes, the Graham Center’s TWC adviser can put you in touch with students who have participated in the past., including those that participated in the Summer 2020 Virtual Experience. You can also follow the TWC Instagram @twcinternships to see regular student takeovers.

How has TWC responded to COVID-19?

In light of COVID-19, TWC adapted their program to serve students wherever they are – so you can depend on having a successful experience with The Washington Center and gaining everything our program has to offer, no matter the circumstances.

When everything was put on hold this spring and summer, TWC helped students and their internship sites transition to remote internships and continued our program completely online. This Fall, TWC is offering students the opportunity to live in D.C. or participate remotely.

To stay up to date on TWC programs, reach out to their admissions team at info.twc.edu/campus or visit their website for up-to-date information.

What is the Inauguration 2021 Seminar?

At TWC’s virtual Inauguration 2021 Seminar, students will experience the unique opportunity to interact with distinguished speakers, political leaders and seasoned journalists in discussions about the U.S. political process, crucial issues shaping the political landscape and what it means to call for political accountability. Visit inauguration.twc.edu to learn more about the program and participation options.