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Elon in DC - Fall/Spring
Washington, D.C., United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Mark Dalhouse
Merit Scholarship:
Need-Based Scholarship:
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:

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About the Location

Elon in DC partners with The Washington Center in Washington, DC to provide 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 16 hours of credit through a wide variety of courses offered and an internship. 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 an 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 which can serve as an addition to a resume.

View an infographic that reflects the DC internship experience.

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

  •    The American Presidency

Business, Management and Public Administration

  •    Global Markets and International Business Strategies

  •    From Ideas to Action: the Anatomy of Entrepreneurship 


  •    Media and the Movies

  •    The Mass Media and National Politics: Explaining Washington to the Public 

International Affairs and Foreign Policy

  •    U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Change

  •    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

  • Research and Writing Seminar

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Issues in Science Policy

  • Bioethics

Washington, D.C.-based courses

  • Scandalous Washington: Uncovering D.C. History

  • The National Mall and America

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

For the Spring 2016 semester, students will check-in to their apartments and have orientation on January 20, 2016. Internships begin on January 25, 2016 and conclude on May 3, 2016. Students will move out on or by May 6, 2016.

For the Fall 2015 semester, students will check-in to their apartments on August 26, 2015 and orientation will begin on August 27, 2015.  Internships begin on August 31, 2015 and conclude on December 11, 2015.  Students will move out on or by December 12, 2015.


The cost for this program includes Elon tuition, housing with The Washington Center and program fees.  It is estimated at $21,486.50 for a semester.

Transportation and food costs are NOT included.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for Study USA, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

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 Study USA program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students are assigned housing in apartment style units in the NoMa area of metropolitan DC or just outside the heart of DC in Silver Spring, MD.


Applications for spring 2016 close on November 5, 2015 and fall 2016 applications open on January 7, 2016.

You must 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 has a priority application period and a regular application period, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so you will have ample time to work with your TWC coordinator on your internship search.

VERY IMPORTANT: After completing this 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.


Details to come soon!

Additional Information and Links

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

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 04/09/2015
04/16/2015 08/26/2015 12/12/2015
Spring 2016 11/05/2015
Rolling Admission 01/20/2016 05/04/2016
Fall 2016 02/18/2016 ** Rolling Admission 08/24/2016 12/10/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission. After completing your application including $400 deposit, please contact Mark Dalhouse by email at or phone 336-278-6700 for further instruction on completing your application to The Washington Center.

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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