The DC Summer Institutes

The DC Summer Institutes enable outstanding W&M faculty to spend two weeks at the end of May living, teaching, visiting and meeting with topical experts in Washington, DC.  It offers you the chance to teach a curriculum built around a topic that you propose, to students you help select.  Interested students apply to a specific Institute through a highly competitive application and interview process so you, along with W&M Washington Center administrators, choose only the most highly qualified students.  Those selected gain tremendous insight into the field of study through your classes and their related internships.

Find more specific information regarding planning a DC Summer Institute.

The DC Summer Institutes give you the added benefit of having W&M administrators available as a resource throughout the spring leading up to and during your summer DC.  The staff of the W&M Washington Center works closely with you to:

  • Find speakers for classes
  • Make contacts with organizations/institutions with which you wish to work
  • Work with local alumni from your department
How it Works

A DC Summer Institute professor designs and teaches a 3 credit course that uses DC's unique educational opportunities and aligns with their overall Institute theme.   This course should be a seminar, built around theme-appropriate speakers and site visits. This class meets from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday-Friday, for two weeks at the end of May (immediately following graduation on campus).  

Students then spend the next 10 weeks working in full-time internships that also relate to the Institute theme.  Institute professors are not responsible for finding internship opportunities or working with supervisors - the W&M Washington Center administrators handles those tasks.  Institute professors do, however, assign and grade students on academic work they complete in association with their internships.