How to Apply

Spring 2019 Semester

The theme for the Spring 2019 Semester is "Washington and the Arts: Marketing the Global and the Local," taught by Professor Anne Rasmussen of the Music Department.

  • Applications for this opportunity are closed. Applications for the Fall 2019 Semester will open in January.
  • Email [[rrtucker, Rhys Tucker]] with any questions.
Now Featuring Elective DC Spotlight Series: "Ethical Leadership"
  • Co-taught in the W&M Washington Center by:
    • Former FBI Director Jim Comey '82 
    • Executive Assistant Professor of Education and Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership Drew Stelljes.
Supreme Court VisitApplications for this opportunity will open on Monday, January 7, at 9 am and close on Monday, February 11, at 5 pm. Letters of recommendation must be received by Wednesday, February 13, at 12 pm for an application to be considered complete.


Seniors, juniors, and exceptional sophomores from William & Mary or any accredited four-year institution may apply for the DC Semester Program.

Three-Part Application Process
  1. The Online Application: You will be required to create a profile and to complete a personal information section, a personal statement addressing the question: "Why is the DC Semester Program is suited for your course of study or personal interests and how do you hope to benefit from it?," and a list of potential internships in Washington, DC to which you would consider applying if you are accepted to the program. These internships should sync with the academic topic of the semester. 
  2. Two - Three Online Letters of Recommendation: Within the online application, you will be asked to enter names and email addresses for your references.  Once you SUBMIT your application, a link will be sent to each recommender to complete their letter online.  The strongest letters will be at least a one-page testimony from professors who know your academic skills, as well as qualities such as responsibility, analytic ability, leadership, maturity and your ability to work well with others.
    • If you are a W&M student, 1-2 of these recommendations must come from a W&M professor (2 preferred). A third recommendation is optional and may come from an employer or College administrator.
    • Letters of Recommendation must be received by Wednesday, October 3, at 12 pm for an application to be considered complete.
  3. In-person Interview: If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be asked to sign up for a 30 minute interview time slot with the DC Semester Program Professor and Coordinator.  

Please note that all of your application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be complete. Your recommenders will NOT receive the link to complete your recommendation until you have submitted your portion of the application.

ADA Accommodations

All prospective and current students with disabilities have the right to request accommodations from Student Accessibility Services when applying for and/or participating in Study in DC opportunities.

Application and Interview Resources
Be sure to utilize the Cohen Career Center for assistance in creating and revising application materials, as well as preparing for a potential interview
  • Contact Program Manager [[rrtucker, Rhys Tucker]].
  • Connect with a student who has already participated in our Program: Program Ambassadors

Note: If you are a non-W&M student, and you are interested in the DC Semester Program please contact [[rrtucker, Rhys Tucker]] for more details.