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Still on the fence?

Everything you need to launch your career, and beyond.

Having a hard time figuring out what career path is right for you? Or maybe you already know and want to test drive your dream job? Regardless of where you stand, we’ve got you covered. 

Spend a professional semester or summer in Washington, D.C. with The Washington Center (TWC), and discover that thing you're passionate about, define your career path and create a plan to help you get there. 

For over 40 years, we’ve worked with thousands of college students like you to help prepare them for the transition from college to the professional world. 

Our professional semester is designed to help you identify the right career path, so you can leave with clear next steps and a network of professionals to help you along the way. 

Let's explore the Professional Semester program components.

A full-time internship that will rev up your resume

You don’t have to worry about finding a quality internship on your own. Once you've been accepted, you’ll be paired with a dedicated advisor who will work with you to explore what skills you have to offer, the type of internship site and ideal organization size for you and other aspects that can weigh heavily on how comfortable and capable you will be at your internship. We won’t stop until we match you with an internship aligned to your professional goals and career aspirations.

We have a network of over 600 internship site partners. We work closely with our partners to ensure you will get access to:

A supervisor invested in your success

At the end of the semester, you’ll undergo a 360-degree evaluation through the SkillSurvey Career Readiness Report, a comprehensive tool to assess your skills following your internship experience, which you can also leverage when it comes time to apply for jobs after college. You’ll identify your strengths and improvement areas for eight critical competencies employers look for, along with a roadmap for further development. 

Meaningful work that aligns with your interests

Projects and assignments you can own

  • A goal-oriented approach to work

Professional development to ace the job search

Gain career planning and job search strategies that don’t just help you land your first job, but set you up for lifelong success in the workplace. Here’s a sneak peak of our professional programming:

Career advising
You’ll meet regularly throughout the program with a career advisor to discuss your goals, strengths and challenges, and how to overcome them. Together, you will work on a detailed plan to help you achieve your professional goals.

Small group sessions
You’ll take part in small group sessions with your peers designed to help you develop your professional identity, build lasting connections and learn how to navigate the job market like a pro.

Career-readiness workshops
Attend workshops and events that provide you with all the tools you’ll need to hit the ground running in your job-search. From how to write a federal resume, understanding workplace benefits or how to negotiate a salary, these activities will boost your competitiveness in a global economy.

A powerful network you could only get in DC

Tap into an influential community of employers, mentors, career advisors, faculty and 60,000 successful alumni in a city where networking is king. You’ll attend programs, events and activities to network with professionals in D.C. and explore relevant topics in multiple industries.

“I attended a law enforcement networking event and started talking with a Sergeant for Arlington County PD. Through this interaction and expressing my interest in federal law enforcement, I learned that Arlington PD is such a well-known agency that multiple federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, and ATF recruit their officers from them every single year. Through talking with this officer, I learned of a new possible career path to consider that could help me reach my ultimate goal. ”

Salvatore Florio Jr., a criminal justice major at University of Massachusetts Lowell, interned at the U.S. Marshals Service in the D.C. Superior Court Division

Academic growth in a 
real-world context

You’ll take part in one of our courses designed to help you step back from your daily work and reflect through an academic lens on broader aspects of what goes on around you as you experience Washington, D.C. 

These courses are similar to the ones on your campus, but have the benefit of being based in D.C. So, if you’re taking “Campaigning for a Cause” for example, you’ll be learning from someone who has worked as a professor, but also worked in advocacy with the United Nations and major NGOs for 25 years before that. Many of our professors bring a mix of academic and professional experience so not only are they great resources for you academically, they are also likely a great person to network with.

"I had the pleasure of taking the Crisis Communications course. This course focused on the volatile nature of social media and the challenges companies face when social media attacks. Ultimately, I want to pursue a career in publishing, so thanks to this experience, I’ll be more aware of possible crises that may arise when working with a sensitive project or content leaks.”

Lauren E. Munroe, philosophy major at Bridgewater State University, interned at the D.C. Bar Foundation

The TWC Difference

Anyone can get an internship, but not every internship will get you ready to hit the job market and launch a career doing meaningful work that matters to you. If you want to stand out in a competitive job market, the typical internship isn’t going to cut it.  

Here's why.




Internship sites in D.C. host TWC students


Colleges and universities partner with TWC

We're here to support you, every step of the way

After helping over 60,000 students launch their careers, we hold this to be true: it’s who you know, not what you know, that will be your number one asset in your career journey. And you’ll soon come to realize that it’s the people at TWC who make all the difference. Meet your TWC support network.

You’re not just moving into an apartment.
You’re joining a global community of future life-long friends. 

Over 500 schools across the U.S. and the world partner with TWC because we serve as an extension of their campus. We offer the 24-hour support and service that you have come to expect from your school, but in a big-city, metropolitan setting. See why TWC is so much more than just a work experience - it’s a life experience that you’ll remember for years to come.

The apartment
Your home will be in one of our residential facilities, where you’ll live in an apartment designed to give you the space and independence you need while also connecting you with the people who will make your time here truly special.

The community
Your environment will be a community of fellow interns from all over the U.S. and the world looking, like you, to make the most of their time in D.C. Whether it’s studying together, going to dinner around the neighborhood or catching a concert, there are so many ways to make lifelong friendships at TWC

The neighborhood
Your neighborhood will be NoMa, one of D.C.’s most vibrant and centrally located neighborhoods in the city with easy access to public transportation, shops and great restaurants.


Our Admissions Counselors are here to help you explore what TWC might look like for you, including your final cost and credit arrangements. They're ready to talk when you are.

Admissions Counselor 
I’m here to help you explore if TWC is a good fit for you.

Pre-Arrival Advisor
We’ll work together to match you with an internship that meets your goals.

Career Advisor
I’ll help you set goals, identify your strengths and create a plan for your career launch. 

Internship Site Supervisor
I’ll be your go-to person in the office, overseeing your projects and setting  goals for your internship. 

Student Services 
We provide support for you to live comfortably and adjust quickly to living in D.C.

Alumni Community
We’re happy to provide career advice or help you get connected.  

Course Instructor
I’m here to share my experience and expertise, and lead discussions so that we can learn from each other.

Alumni Mentor
I live in TWC housing and as an alum, I’m happy to support you and help you make the most of your time in D.C.

What are you waiting for?

Take a step toward your future today! 


If you are a resident and attend a public institution in Massachusetts, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you're eligible to receive $5,000 to help cover the cost of your participation.

Better yet, we partner with your school to grant you academic credit for the program, so you won't miss a beat and graduate on time!

Massachusetts students qualify for a $5,000 scholarship


Affiliated schools in Massachusetts

"I thought I knew what I was going to do as an undergrad. Being in D.C., however, I have realized I was limiting myself to just one path when there are endless possibilities. Although law school remains the ultimate goal, I now realize I can branch out and take on opportunities that will continue to challenge me."

Monique Reyes, english and political science major at University of Massachussetts Lowell, interned with DC Law Students in Court.

“My time at TWC provided me with skills that enabled me to be as effective as possible in a full-time career following my college graduation. Not only did the program prepare me professionally, but also socially as I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with people from all over the United States and the rest of the world. I’ll forever be grateful for the time I spent in the program preparing for a career while also exploring Washington D.C.”

Zach Pappas, a criminal justice major at Worcester State University, interned at the Federal Trade Commission. He is currently a Business Consultant at John Hancock Investments.