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About the D.C. Semester Program

Interested in the program? We still have open seats for Fall 2022!
Email Gabe Cancio-Bello, Program Coordinator at

The D.C. Semester Program combines academic rigor and real world experience in the heart of the Nation's capital. The program is open to students in all majors and disciplines, and financial assistance is available. It is staffed by a dedicated Program Coordinator, as well as a team of W&M professors in Washington selected after applying to teach on a semester basis. The program is also supported by the staff of the W&M Washington Center and Washington area alumni, operating during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.

img_2403.jpgThe semester program is designed with students’ needs in mind. At its core, this is an internship program, that allows W&M undergraduate students to explore their career paths with great support from the Washington Center team. This is a flexible program, allowing students to focus on their specific career paths during a semester of their choosing. With students’ well-being as a central concern during program development, the program administrators work with students individually to find their path to success and balance. Students in the program gain tremendous insight into their field of study and have an incredible opportunity to learn from experts, executives, elected officials, and policy-makers. From the arts to international relations, and everything in between, the interdisciplinary focus of the courses allow students with all areas of interest to participate during a semester that appeals to them. 

  • Students receive 6-8 credits for their course work and an additional 6 credits for the academic work they complete in association with their internship.
  • Classes are taught by W&M professors
  • Classes are held at the W&M Washington Center
  • Students spend 30-35 hours per week at their internships
  • Internship organizations are based on individual student professional and academic interests
  • Reinforces lessons learned in the classroom with real world experience
  • Students have the option to live in W&M housing
    • Located in the heart of D.C.
    • Safe and secure housing complex, complete with fitness center and large common rooms
  • Students may also live at home, with friends or family, or secure other housing opportunities, as long as they are within the D.C. metropolitan area.
Life in D.C.Fall 2016 Semester Students at the National Mall

Students enjoy the benefits of a large metropolitan city and the attention of a small community. Through events organized by program administrators, D.C. Semester Program students have an array of possibilities before them. With opportunities like kayaking on the Potomac, Nationals games, insider’s tours of the capital's hot spots, and networking with alums, students will experience D.C. at its best. The D.C. Semester Program provides the same quality of support to students in Washington, D.C. as campus provides to students in Williamsburg. 

Program Mission
  • To offer an enriching, interactive academic program for students
  • To encourage and practice interdisciplinary learning in "real life" settings
  • To provide a well-managed, mutually beneficial internship experience
  • To let students sample the intellectual and cultural diversity of our Nation's capital