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D.C. Semester Program


Per D.C. Bar Building regulations, all students, faculty, and guest speakers participating in the D.C. Semester Program must be fully vaccinated.

The deadline to submit your Student Portfolio for the Spring 2022 Semester Program is December 6, 2021.

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 6-8 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 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.

Now accepting Student Portfolios for the Spring 2022 Semester Program!
Program Details
  • 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 "Essential Issues in Washington, D.C.", and will be taught by a 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 Spring 2022 will include:
    • History of Washington, D.C.
    • Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Challenges in D.C. and Beyond
    • International Security and Development
  • 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 and connect with alums from all over D.C.
  • Study with a cohort of experienced W&M faculty
  • Build your résumé by participating in a full-time internship and professional development
  • Get a leg up on summer and full-time employment opportunities
  • Learn more about the program.