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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.

Spring 2021 Semester
Program Updates

Starting for the upcoming 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 will include:
    • History of Washington, DC
    • Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Challenges in DC and Beyond
    • International Security and Development
    • Built Environment: The Architecture of Transportation
  • Learn more about all of the courses here and about the program in the videos below:
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Applications are open for the Spring 2021 Semester - Apply Here!
  • The priority application deadline has passed, but applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, December 7. Learn more about the application process here.
  • Financial assistance is available for this opportunity.
  • Please contact Rhys Tucker, Program Manager, with any questions.
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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.