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  • Locations: Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsProgram ActivitiesDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingApplicationsOrientationsPoliciesInformation / Links
 

About the Location

Elon works in partnership with The Washington Center (TWC) 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."


Academics

Semester: Students earn 12 to 16 semester hours over 15 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.

Additional Resources: The Washington Center

  • 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

Program dates will be announced soon. For more information and general timelines please visit The Washington Center's deadlines page.


Cost

The cost of the program includes Elon tuition, programming, and housing. Transportation and food costs are NOT included. 
 

For the full program cost information, please see the budget sheets (coming soon). 


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.

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. 


Housing

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


Applications

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 has a priority application period and a regular application period. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so you will have more selection with internships and courses. For more application details, see the Apply page.


Orientations

At least one mandatory meeting will be held in late spring for fall students and late fall for spring students.


Policies

Attendance

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 Victoria Lo, vlo@elon.edu. Students should be aware of the following refund schedule:

  • $400 deposit due at time of application and is applied to the total program cost.
  • Full program cost is due according to Elon's payment schedule.
  • $400 deposit, and any expended program costs, are non-refundable as of the first day of registration for spring courses per the undergraduate academic calendar.
Visit the Study Abroad and Study USA Policies page for more information.

Additional Information and Links

Learn more on The Washington Center's website.

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 Victoria Lo at vlo@elon.edu or 336-278-6700.
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/13/2019
**
Rolling Admission 08/28/2019 12/07/2019
Spring 2020 09/12/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 3 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

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.

Fall 2020 03/12/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis September 12 to 11:59 p.m., March 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available.

GEC Access Scholarship consideration: Students that submit the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by November 14 will be notified in January. Students that submit the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 will be notified in April. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Scholarship questionnaires submitted between February 13 and March 12 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for this program are non-binding until the withdrawal deadline, April 9. Full housing payment is non-refundable after April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

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.

Indicates that deadline has passed