William and Mary

About the Program


William & Mary holds the W&M Washington Winter Seminar in the W&M Washington Office each January, before the start of Spring semester classes.  The Seminar features academically rigorous coursework and an engaging program for W&M students of all majors and backgrounds.  The Seminar provides an opportunity for students wanting to experience Washington, DC in a structured and guided way while earning W&M academic credit.  Students attend classes in the William & Mary Washington Office, meet with experts at some of DC’s highest profile institutions, network with alums, and have the option to live in W&M leased apartments in Arlington, VA.

2014 Winter Seminar Speakers and Site Visits Included:

Supreme Court Tour

Erin Huckle '08

National Archives Tour

John Powers '89

Immigration Panel

Emily Benavides '07 -- National Hispanic Leadership Network

Laura Vasquez -- NCLR


Sarah Glass '01 -- Senior Alliance Advisor in the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances

Sarah Lane '01 -- Economist, Office of Economic Policy

Ana Luisa Pinto '01 -- Latin America & Europe Portfolio Manager in the Office of the Development Credit Authority


John Frece '69

Matt Dalbey '87

State Department Tour -- Diplomatic Reception Rooms

State Department

Drew Souza '05
William Gill '92
Doug Hoyt '91
Michelle Neyland '05


Ambassador Janet Sanderson '77

Tea Party Panel

Jason Torchinsky '98 -- Holtzman Vogel

Ned Ryun -- American Majority

Phil Kerpin -- American Commitment

Bipartisan Policy Council Speakers

Don Wolfensberger -- BPC/Wilson

Bill Hoagland -- BPC


Austin Wright '09

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Meg Murphy (W&M Parent)

Meeting with Sen. Tim Kaine

Meeting with Rep. Frank Wolf

Hill Career Panel

Logan Ferree '07 -- Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)

Sarah Elkins '06 -- Joint Economic Committee 

Rob Bradley '10 -- Senate Homeland Security Committee 

Kelly Hastings '03 -- Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Capitol Tour

Capitol Hill Networking Reception

Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Tim Kaine

Rep. Steve Chabot ‘75

Rep. Dina Titus ‘70

Rep. Michelle Bachmann ‘88

British Embassy

Jennifer Benbow -- Head of Outreach, Mid-Atlantic

Jane Ansell -- Second Secretary (senior policy advisor), Economics team

Matt Mazonkey -- Congressional Liaison

Lunch with Rector Todd Stottlemyer '85

Consulting Firms

Lauren Hoy '12 -- Deloitte

Evan Rolfe -- Avascent

Melanie Thomas-Armstrong -- PwC

US Trade Representative

Jared Wessel '00


Take a course specifically designed for the W&M Washington Winter Seminar. Classes meet each day  in the weeks before the Spring Semester. Included in the class schedule are lectures, class discussions, numerous speakers and site visits related to the specific course topic.


The fee for the W&M Washington Winter Seminar is $2,500, $500 of which is a non-refundable deposit due November 1. The remaining fee will be added to your student account, with bills going out in November.

Life in DC

The W&M Washington Office staff provides the same quality of support to students in DC as campus administrators do in Williamsburg. Students may choose to live at home or another housing arrangement, or they can live in W&M-sponsored furnished apartments in Arlington, VA, just 5 Metro stops away from downtown DC.


There are no internships associated with the W&M Washington Winter Seminar. 

Financial Aid

Check with your Financial Aid Counselor at the W&M Financial Aid Office.

Additional Academic Programs offered by the Washington Office

W&M's Washington Office offers three additional academic programs for undergraduate students.  The DC Summer Institutes are intensive 6 credit academic programs composed of a 2-week course and 10-week internship in DC.  The DC Summer Session offers 5-week classes during the summer, with no accompanying internship.  The W&M in Washington Program is offered each spring and fall semester only and involves an academically rigorous curriculum built around a semester-by-semester topic with internships matched to that topic, as well as residential, programming, and alumni mentorship/networking components.