The DC Summer Institutes are intensive six-credit academic programs composed of a compressed course and ten-week internship in DC. The Institutes allow undergraduate student fellows to combine classroom and experiential learning, while seeing the dynamic institutions of the Washington DC area first hand. Participating fellows get extensive help in finding an internship and counseling how to succeed in that internship.
The W&M Washington Summer Session is an opportunity for students on summer break in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to take the same rigorous courses they can take on campus while exploring the many learning opportunities of Washington, DC. Many of the courses offered are popular GERs, providing students the opportunity to take classes they cannot during the academic year. The Washington Summer Session calendar is identical to that of Summer Sessions on campus. Classes are held at the William & Mary Washington Office and meet in the late afternoon and evenings during the week.
The W&M Summer Events Program (SEP) is a free, non-academic program in partnership with the W&M Career Center. W&M students on summer break in the Washington, DC metropolitan area can take advantage of many opportunities to meet other W&M students, network with W&M alumni, and in many cases, see the "behind-the scenes" sites of the city. Examples of past events included a Careers in Law panel and reception; behind-the-scene tours of the National American History Museum and the CIA; and DC United and Mystics games.
The W&M in Washington Program is an academic semester program with an internship component operated out of the Washington, DC Office. The program is open to students in all majors and disciplines. Students receive 6-8 credits for their coursework and an additional 6 credits for the academic work they complete in association with their internship. Classes are taught by W&M professors and are held at the W&M Washington Office in Dupont Circle. Students live in group apartments located only three metro stops outside the city in Arlington, VA.
The Harriman Fellowship Program is nationally competitive and highly selective, offering a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses for students interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in 2000 to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. The Awards are offered annually to three outstanding undergraduates from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris.
The W&M post-baccalaureate GIS certificate brings the high-quality research focused education of William & Mary to the DC area. The program is targeted at working professionals in the DC area who utilize, or plan to utilize, GIS in their employment. The focus is to bring the full capability of Geographic Information Science to decision makers in DC including those in governmental organizations. Courses are taught in a small group setting with a focus on faculty student mentoring and contact. Although some course material is online, the courses are conducted face-to-face in the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA. The program has a focus on analytical cartography and spatial analyses with a particular emphasis on policy relevant international databases such as the AidData international aid database and the social conflict in Africa database.
W&M students can see the best of Washington DC and earn two W&M credits through this accelerated course that provides an opportunity for students wanting to experience Washington, DC in a structured and guided way, while earning W&M academic credit studying the Washington policy process. Students attend classes in the William & Mary Washington office, meet with experts at some of DC’s highest profile institutions, and network with alums.