How to Apply

Spring 2016 Semester

The theme for the Spring 2016 Semester is "The 2016 Election: Parties, Campaigns, Consultants, and Voters," taught by Professor Ron Rapoport of the Government Department.

  • Applications for the Spring 2016 semester will open in mid-August.
  • Applications will close mid-September.
  • Email [[sjfansler, Sam Fansler]] with any questions.

In general, applications for spring semesters open in late August and close in late September. Applications for fall semesters open in mid-January and close in mid-February.


Seniors, juniors, and exceptional sophomores from William & Mary or any accredited four-year institution may apply for the W&M in Washington Program.

Three-part Application Process
  1. The Online Application: You will be required to create a profile and to complete a personal information section, a personal statement addressing the question: "Why is the W&M in Washington Program suited for your course of study or personal interests and how do you hope to benefit from it?," and a list of potential internships in Washington, DC to which you would consider applying if you are accepted to the program. These internships should sync with the academic topic of the semester. 
  2. Two - Three Online Letters of Recommendation: Within the online application, you will be asked to enter names and email addresses for your references.  Once you SUBMIT your application, a link will be sent to each recommender to complete their letter online.  The strongest letters will be at least a one-page testimony from professors who know your academic skills, as well as qualities such as responsibility, analytic ability, leadership, maturity and your ability to work well with others. If you are a W&M student, 1-2 of these recommendations MUST come from a W&M professor (2 preferred). A third recommendation is optional and may come from an employer or College administrator.
  3. Official Academic Transcript (for non-W&M students only): Please mail a copy of your official transcript to our office: The W&M in Washington Program, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20036. (W&M students do not need to send a transcript, since we will be able to view it once you check within your application that you release access to your academic records). Review additional program specifics for non-W&M applicants.

Please note that all of your application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be complete. Your recommenders will NOT receive the link to complete your recommendation until you have submitted your portion of the application.

  • Contact Program Coordinator [[sjfansler, Sam Fansler]].
  • Connect with a student who has already participated in our Program: Program Ambassadors