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  • Locations: Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Disciplines of Classes Available:
American Studies, Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Studies, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Science
Program Advisor/Manager:
Cindy Sweeney
Merit Scholarship:
Need-Based Scholarship:
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsProgram ActivitiesDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingApplicationsOrientationsPoliciesInformation / Links

About the Location

Elon works in partnership with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. providing students with the opportunity to spend a semester or summer taking courses and interning in our nation's capital.

"For over 35 years, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has helped more than 50,000 students from around the world gain valuable experience, and set them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities. In a recent survey, 98% of TWC interns said our program significantly strengthened their career prospects. Now, TWC alumni are leaders in virtually every field -- public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more."


Summer: Students earn 8 to 12 semester hours over 10 weeks.

Students take one evening class per week, intern full time on weekdays, Monday to Thursday, and participate in The Washington Center LEAD Program activities on Friday.

Study USA works with The Washington Center to ensure internship placement is both appropriate and mutually beneficial. Previous internships have included The Department of Interior, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, No Labels, Double R Productions, Peace Corps, Voice of America, The Attorney General for the District of Columbia, The White House, and many others. The Civic Engagement Project is a required service component. Students will choose from a wide variety of course disciplines and volunteer opportunities, to ensure they earn credit where needed. Additionally, an in-depth portfolio is required of all students at the end of the semester and can serve as an addition to their resume.

Topic Areas for frequently offered courses include:

  • American Politics and Public Policy
  • Business, Management and Public Administration
  • Communications
  • International Affairs and Foreign Policy
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Leadership
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Washington, D.C.-based course

View the list of available academic courses.

Students are required to attend weekly programs hosted by The Washington Center. These programs primarily consist of lectures and seminars held by top executive officials. Some programs will be broad and apply to all students, while some will be specific to your major. The specialized programs provide the unique opportunity to interact with highly qualified individuals in your area of interest.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Program Activities

Students are required to attend weekly programs hosted by The Washington Center. These programs primarily consist of lectures and seminars held by top executive officials. Some programs will be broad and apply to all students, while some will be specific to your major. The specialized programs provide the unique opportunity to interact with highly qualified individuals in your area of interest.

General Program Dates

Summer 2017: 10 weeks (May 24 - August 5, 2017)


The cost for this program is estimated around $12,000, which includes Elon tuition and The Washington Center housing and program fees. 

Transportation and food costs are NOT included.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification. 

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.  

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students are assigned housing in the NoMa area of metropolitan Washington, D.C.


Apply here first and when approved by Elon, you will apply directly to The Washington Center. Please note that the TWC application has a $60 fee. TWC application deadline for competitive applications is February 15, 2017. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so you will have more selection with internships and courses. TWC final application deadline is March 15, 2017.


One session in early May



You are required to attend all pre-departure meetings and/or courses associated with the Study USA program for which you are applying.

Cancellation And Payment

Program fee payment is due as indicated below.

Your request for refunds associated with payments for Study USA programs must be submitted by the following deadlines, according to this Cancellation Policy. 

Cancelling your participation in a program must be done by email to Mark Dalhouse, Students should be aware of the following refund schedule:

  • $400 deposit due at time of application and is applied to the total program cost.
  • $400 deposit is non-refundable April 1.
  • Full program cost is due May 1.
  • Full program cost is non-refundable two weeks prior to program start date.
Visit the Study USA Payment and Cancellation Policies page for more information.

Additional Information and Links

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Questions?  Contact Cindy Sweeney,, 336-278-6700


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/09/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/24/2017 08/05/2017
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program. All completed applications are reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Open Period: Sept. 13 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 17.

Rolling Period: Nov. 18 to 11:59 p.m., March 9.

Please view the Payment and Cancellation Policies page for important deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.