The W&M Washington Center runs credit-bearing opportunities throughout the year that combine academic rigor and real world experience.
Our opportunities give employers the benefit of hiring hard working, high achieving students with W&M administrators as a contact throughout the internship.
Our students are available throughout the year:
- Spring: January – April
- Summer: June – August
- Fall: August – November
Check out our Employer Brochure (pdf).
The Benefit to Employers
- Students are admitted to a W&M Study in DC experience through a rigorous application and interview process. They are some of the best students William & Mary has to offer.
- Whether paid or unpaid, our students are available 30-40 hours a week to work as a part of your staff.
- Students are in DC to study a specific topic that relates to your organization. They are likely to settle in DC and enter your field upon graduation – giving you the first shot at hiring some of the nation’s best and brightest.
- W&M administrators work to ensure that you and your intern have a mutually beneficial experience. Our staff will meet with you before, during, and after the semester to discuss and evaluate the student and their internship experience.
How the Opportunities Work
DC Semester Program: An experienced W&M professor teaches three courses that are specifically designed for the semester theme. These classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons. Students then spend 30-35 hours per week, Monday-Thursday and potentially Friday mornings, at their internship site. Students receive 6-8 credits for their coursework and an additional 6 credits for the academic work they complete in association with their internship.
DC Summer Institutes: An experienced W&M professor teaches an intensive course (8 hours each day for 2 weeks) that is specifically designed for the Institutes. Upon completion of the course, students begin full-time work at their internship sites, where they remain for ten weeks. Fellows receive credit for their coursework and for the academic work they complete in association with their internship.
Upcoming Semester/Summer Themes
If you are interested in hiring an intern – now or in the future – please take a look at our upcoming topics to see if there is a fit for your organization.DC Semester Program Themes
- "International Commercial Diplomacy" - Fall 2019
- "Public Art and Public Policy" - Spring 2020
- "Politics in the Era of Social Media" - Fall 2020
- "U.S. Environmental Policy" - Spring 2021
- "Museums and Cultural Heritage in the Nation's Capital" - Fall 2021
- "Cold War Spies and Other Myths: The Development of Postwar American Culture" - Spring 2022
- "U.S. Foreign Economic Policy" - Fall 2022
- "Digital Politics"- Spring 2023
- American Politics - offered every summer
- Leadership and Community Engagement - offered every summer
- News & Media - offered every summer
Please note: Work authorizations for international students pursuing internships in the US are handled by the William & Mary Reves Center for International Studies. The Reves Center works with students directly on this process, which typically takes about 1 week. There are no sponsorship costs for the employer. Employers with questions about the immigration aspects of hiring international students may contact the Reves Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-3590.