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DC Semester Program

The DC Semester Program is an academic opportunity with an internship component managed by the W&M Washington Center. The program is open to students in all majors and disciplines, and financial assistance is available. DC Semester Program scholars 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 Center in Dupont Circle. Students may live in university-sponsored group apartments located in the heart of Washington, DC, or at alternative options (with family, friends, other rentals) in the DC metropolitan area.

Applications Are Open!
  • The second round of applications for Fall 2021 DC Semester Program is now open - learn about how to apply here!
    • Apply by Monday, April 12, at 11:59 pm
  • Financial assistance is available for this opportunity.
  • Please contact Rhys Tucker, Program Manager, with any questions.

REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSION: MARCH 24, 5:30-6:30 PM

Program Updates

Starting with the Spring 2021 semester, the DC Semester Program will feature several exciting new elements, designed with students' needs in mind:

  • Students can pursue internships at any organization they wish to, based on their specific professional and academic interests.
  • The substantive academic course for the semester will focus on "Washington, DC: Past, Present, and Future", and will be taught be team of faculty from several academic disciplines leading four multi-week modules. The course will expose students to a wide variety of issues and challenges in the Nation's capital, as well as different approaches to addressing those challenges. Modules for Fall 2021 will include:
    • History of Washington, DC
    • Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Challenges in DC and Beyond
    • International Security and Development
    • 21st-Century Museum Studies
  • Learn more about all of the courses here and about the program in the videos below:
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Program Benefits
  • Get a close-up view of Washington’s dynamic governmental, advocacy, research, international, and cultural institutions
  • Enjoy Washington’s rich cultural and social opportunities
  • Come face-to-face with expert guest speakers/alums from all over Washington
  • Study with a cohort of experienced W&M faculty
  • Build your résumé by participating in a professional internship
  • Get a leg up on Summer and full-time employment opportunities
  • Learn more about the program.