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How to Submit your Portfolio

D.C. Semester Program 

Fall 2023 aapplications open on February 1 and close on March 12! After March 12, Student Profiles are accepted on a rolling basis until April 10.

  • Financial assistance is available for this opportunity.
  • Please contact [[gacanciobello, Gabe Cancio-Bello]], Program Coordinator, with any questions.
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Seniors, juniors, and exceptional sophomores from William & Mary or any accredited four-year institution may apply for the D.C. Semester Program.

Three-Part Review Process
  1. Upload Your Student Profile: You will be required to create a profile and to complete a personal information section, a personal statement addressing the question: "Why is the D.C. 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, D.C. to which you would consider applying if you are accepted to the program. 
  2. One Online Letter of Recommendation: Within the online application, you will be asked to enter name and email address for your reference.  After inputting the recommender's information, you must click the "INVITE RECOMMENDERS" button. A link will then be sent to each recommender to upload their letter online (You can submit recommendation requests before officially submitting the rest of your portfolio materials).  The strongest letters will include a brief 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, one recommendation must come from a W&M professor. A second recommendation is optional and may come from an employer or university administrator.
  3. Video Interview: If you are selected to move forward in the review process, you will be asked to sign up for a 30 minute interview time slot with the D.C. Semester Program Coordinator.

Please note that all of your portfolio 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 the request.

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 D.C. 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 Coordinator [[gacanciobello, Gabe Cancio-Bello]].
  • 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 D.C. Semester Program please contact [[gacanciobello, Gabe Cancio-Bello]] for more details.