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  • Locations: Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsProgram ActivitiesDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingApplicationsOrientationsInformation / Links

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
  • Campaigning for a Cause: How Advocacy Groups Change the World
  • Government and Business in the New Economic and Political Reality
Business, Management and Public Administration
  • Global Markets and International Business Strategies
  • From Ideas to Action: The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship
  • Media and the Movies
  • Mass Media and American Politics
International Affairs and Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • How Washington Engages the Arab Middle East
Law and Criminal Justice
  • 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
  • Research and Writing Seminar
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Bioethics
Washington, D.C.-focused courses
  • 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.

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 $11,000, 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 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 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!

Questions?  Contact Mark Dalhouse at (336) 278-6700 or e-mail

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/18/2016
Rolling Admission 05/25/2016 08/06/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates 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.

Please view the Summer Deadlines page for more information.

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.