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Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the many landmarks you will see when traveling to Washington, D.C.

Cal U, in cooperation with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers internships in Washington, D.C., a city unique in its status as our nation's capital.  As the epicenter of American government, Washington is a natural setting for political study. Beyond the political and government realm, however, Washington is also home to hundreds of major corporations, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and agencies. For more information, stop by the Internship Center in Eberly Science and Technology Center, Room 230, or contact us at 724-938-1578 or internctr@calu.edu.

Pick up your Washington Center viewbook and learn about the Washington Center and Cal U internship registration process from Meaghan Clister, Cal U/TWC campus liaison. All Washington Center applications and accompanying documents must be reviewed AND approved by the Cal U liaison prior to submission to the Washington Center. Online applications will not be approved without prior review of all materials by the Cal U liaison.


  • Cal U student at the time of internship application:
  • Must have faculty advisor's approval
  • Must show outstanding academic progress, maturity and motivation, and the capacity to pursue independent study
  • 2.75 grade point average
  • At least a second semester sophomore

The Internship

Students are placed, according to their interests and career goals, with federal agencies, congressional or judicial offices, public interest groups, non-profit organizations, etc. (see the list of sample placements).

Interns work full time, 4½ days per week, attend a required course, and attend seminars and events.


Students remain enrolled at and receive academic credit from Cal U. Credit is awarded based on an evaluation performed by the Washington Center staff, seminar faculty and the student's faculty supervisor for the internship. Fall or spring semesters may provide up to 15 credits and summer semester provides 12 credits (at the discretion of the Cal U faculty supervisor).


Cal U's tuition and fees are waived; student housing and program costs for the Washington Center are billed to - and paid by - the student (payment is made directly to the Washington Center).   Students who want financial aid should contact the Financial Aid office at 724-938-4415 or visit at Dixon Hall, Room 105. 

Current program and housing fees for the Washington Center program can be found at http://www.twc.edu.  Cal U students are also eligible to apply for a Pennsylvania state-funded grant specifically for the Washington Center program. More information is available through Cal U's Internship Center by contacting us at internctr@calu.edu or 724-938-1578, or by stopping by Eberly 230.

Additional Information

Review Helpful Hints before beginning your application.

See Washington Center Examples of DC Placements.

Begin your application for the Washington Center