About the Location
The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. provides students with the opportunity to take courses and intern 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, our alumni are leaders in virtually every field -- public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more."
Students earn 8-12 hours of Elon credit by taking one evening class per week and interning full time on weekdays, Monday - Thursday. Friday is reserved for The Washington Center LEAD program. Students will choose a professional track and an instructor in that field will serve as facilitator and mentor.
Frequently offered courses include:
American Politics and Public Policy
Business, Management and Public Administration
- Campaigning for a Cause: How Advocacy Groups Change the World
- Government and Business in the New Economic and Political Reality
- Global Markets and International Business Strategies
- From Ideas to Action: The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship
International Affairs and Foreign Policy
- Media and the Movies
- Mass Media and American Politics
Law and Criminal Justice
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- International Human Rights
- How Washington Engages the Arab Middle East
- Philosophy of Law, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitutional Tradition
- Forensic Psychology
- Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
- Essentials for Aspiring Leaders
- Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Washington, D.C.-focused courses
- Research and Writing Seminar
- Scandalous Washington:
- Uncovering D.C. History
View the list of available academic courses
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
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 $11,000, which includes Elon tuition and The Washington Center housing and program fees.
Transportation and food costs are NOT included.
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 D.C.
Applications for Summer 2017 open on September 13, 2016.
Apply here first on the Elon Abroad system and, when approved, 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 early application so that you can begin planning for your summer experience! TWC final application deadline is March 15, 2017.
VERY IMPORTANT: After completing the application in Elon Abroad, students MUST contact Pam Brumbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 278-6538 to be "Approved" for application to The Washington Center. She will assist you in preparing your application.
One session in early May
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!
Contact Mark Dalhouse at (336) 278-6700 or e-mail email@example.com