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.
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Frequently offered courses include:
American Politics and Public Policy
Business, Management and Public Administration
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
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
Washington, D.C.-based courses
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.