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D.C. Summer Institutes

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DCSI 2023 Portfolio Submissions have closed for Summer 2023. Check back here in the Fall for our Summer 2024 Program!


DCSI fellows earn 7 W&M credits through this academic program, composed of an accelerated course that involves networking with experts and alums through guest lectures and site visits—and working in an internship at a related D.C. institution.

Institute topics are decided by the Departments and Schools that offer them.  It is possible that they will change or that other topics will be offered in addition to these in future summers.

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Summer 2023 D.C. Summer Institutes will include:
  • Representation in American Politics
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Leadership & Community Engagement
Who can apply?

The Institutes are open to all undergraduate students! Institute fellows engage in classroom and hands-on learning while experiencing the dynamic institutions of the Washington, D.C. area firsthand.  Participating fellows are assisted in finding an internship and provided extensive counseling on how to succeed in that internship. Learn more about the Institutes.

Program Dates for 2023
  • Spring course (Williamsburg)
    • Scheduled to be announced
  • Speaker/site-visit course (D.C.)
    • May 22-June 2, 2023
  • Internship course (D.C.)
    • June 5-August 11, 2023
  • Housing dates (for those living in W&M-sponsored housing):
    • Move-in: May 20, 2023
    • Move-out: August 12, 2023

[[dcsi, Email us]] or call (202) 836-8610 to speak to someone in the William & Mary Washington Center about the D.C. Summer Institutes.

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