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D.C. Semester Program

Earn your COLL 300 and COLL 350 while participating in a full-time internship in D.C.!

Interested in the program? Fall 2023 applications are open and close on March 12! After March 12, Student Profiles are accepted on a rolling basis until April 10.
Email Gabe Cancio-Bello, Program Coordinator at
Per D.C. Bar Building regulations, all students, faculty, and guest speakers participating in the D.C. Semester Program must be fully vaccinated.

The D.C. 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. D.C. Semester Program scholars receive 6 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 Washington Center. Students may live in W&M housing located in the heart of Washington, D.C., or at alternative options (with family, friends, other rentals) in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Program Details
  • Students can pursue internships at any organization they wish to, based on their specific professional and academic interests.
  • All students will take two 3-credit courses, during 7-week mini-mesters. These courses rotate year-to-year and will be taught by W&M faculty from a variety of academic disciplines. Each 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.
  • Fall 2023 mini-mester courses will be:
    • Mini-Mester 1: Memory and Belonging in the Capital City (HIST 311) - 3 Credits
      • COLL 350
      • September 1 – October 20
    • Mini-Mester 2: Power, Politics and Upheaval: Washington D.C.and Ancient Rome (INTR 390) - 3 Credits
      • COLL 300
      • October 27 – December 15

*Courses are subject to change.


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Program Benefits
  • Prepare for the job you want with a full-time internship that reflects your personal and professional goals

  • Build your professional network and build confidence as you engage with alumni in D.C. area through our mentorship program and hear from a diverse lineup of guest speakers 

  • Test drive postgraduate life as you balance work and life navigating city living and working your nine-to-five as an intern

  • Learn to market yourself and your skills through mock interviews, intimate networking opportunities and more in our tailored professional development courses

  • Stay on track and fulfill 12 credits (potentially fulfilling COLL requirements) throughout your semester in D.C.

  •  Receive individual support from the entire Washington Center team throughout your professional and academic experience in D.C.

    Learn more about the program.