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Elon in DC - Fall/Spring
Washington, D.C., United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Language Prerequisite:
None
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
None
Housing Options:
Apartment
Internship Option:
Yes
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Yes
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
16
Program Advisor/Manager:
Mark Dalhouse
Merit Scholarship:
Yes
Need-Based Scholarship:
Yes
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.

 


Academics

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 Dictrict 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 

Communications

  •    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

Leadership

  • 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. This 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 2015 semester, students will check-in to their apartments and have orientation on January 21, 2015. Internships begin on January 26, 2015 and conclude on May 5, 2015. Students will move out on or by May 6, 2015.

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.


Cost

The cost for this program is estimated at $23,000, which includes Elon tuition, housing, and The Washington Center program fees. 

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.
 


Housing

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


Applications

Applications for Summer 2015 open on September 4, for Fall 2015 on January 8.

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 18, 2015. We encourage early application so that you can begin planning for your summer experience! TWC final application deadline is March 18, 2015.

VERY IMPORTANT: After completing this application in Elon Abroad, students MUST contact Pam Brumbaugh at pbrumbaugh@elon.edu or (336) 278-6538 to be "Approved" for application to The Washington Center. She will assist you in preparing your application.

 


Orientations

Details to come soon!
 


Additional Information and Links


Questions?  Contact Mark Dalhouse at (336) 278-6765 or e-mail studyusa@elon.edu.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/02/2014
**
Rolling Admission 01/21/2015 05/06/2015
Fall 2015 04/09/2015 04/16/2015 08/26/2015 12/12/2015
NOTE: The priority deadline is 11:59 PM on April 9. After April 16, this program will continue to accept applications on a rolling and space-available basis until 11:59 PM on May 7.

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.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status in a timely fashion.

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