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How to Apply

Instead of applications, the W&M Washington Center team uses student portfolios to get to know you better!


The D.C. Summer Institutes are open to all current W&M undergraduate students—including 2024 graduates!


The primary cycle to submit a portfolio will open on August 28th and close on October 19th. Additional dates can be found below.

Please contact Program Coordinator, [[ktwilson, Tyler Wilson]], if you have any questions. 

Review Process

This process consists of two major parts:

  1. The Online Portfolio: You will be required to create a profile and complete a personal information section, a personal statement, and a description of the type of organization at which you would like to intern in Washington, DC (the more specific you can be, the better).
  2. One Required Online Letter of Recommendation: This required letter of recommendation MUST come from a William & Mary professor (exceptions for transfer students and freshmen will be determined on a case-by-case basis) who knows your academic work and your abilities.  A second, optional, recommendation from a former employer, supervisor, mentor, etc., may also be included.
    • For First-Year Students ONLY: While a letter of recommendation from a William & Mary professor is preferred, you may submit a high school teacher's recommendation instead if you do not yet know a William & Mary professor well enough to ask for a recommendation letter.

**PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONCE you have submitted your completed portfolio will a link be sent electronically to your reference to complete.  It is your responsibility to warn your reference in advance that this email will be arriving and to give him/her plenty of time to complete it.  Your application is NOT COMPLETE until the recommendation is also submitted.**

  • Priority Cycle (closed):
    • Open: August 28, 2023
    • Closed: October 19, 2023
  • Winter Cycle (closed):
    • Open: December 1, 2023
    • Close: January 5, 2024
  • Student Portfolio Requirements:
    • Personal Information
    • Resume
    • Personal Statement
    • Internships of Interest
    • 1 Recommendation 

For help preparing your resume, visit the Cohen Career Center.

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.