Internships in Washington DC Interning in our nation’s capital is an opportunity no student of government should miss! The Suffolk University Government Department can help make that happen, while earning credit, thanks to our partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. TWC offers two different kinds of programming: Internships and Seminars.
Internships: (Fall/Spring – 16 credits; Summer I – 12 credits) Students in TWC’s internship program will move to Washington for the semester. With TWC’s assistance, students will find an internship in their area of interest. Past placements have included The White House, various executive agencies including the Department of Justice, media companies, lobbying firms and legislative offices. Please see TWC’s website for deadlines, applications and program and housing details.
Internship Courses Once you have been accepted into the internship program, you must register for GVT 523 and GVT 525 (Fall and Spring) or GVT 524 and GVT 525 (Summer I) to earn credit for the internship.
To be eligible to participate in TWC’s internships, a student must be a junior or above and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Seminars The Washington Center organizes several academic seminars over the course of the year: one in January and two in May. In addition to these annual events, TWC also organizes opportunities around political happenings such as the political parties’ conventions and the presidential inauguration. Students will travel to Washington (or convention host cities) for 1-2 weeks and attend special programming surrounding the seminar’s theme. See TWC’s website for program details and deadlines.
Seminar Courses Once you have been accepted to the Washington Center Academic Seminar Program, you must register for GVT 503 or GVT 504 (depending on the specific program) to earn credit for the seminar.
To be eligible, students must be a second-semester freshman and have a minimum GPA of 2.5
Mandatory Pre-Trip Student Orientation All students who have been approved by the Government Department for a TWC Internship or Seminar will be required to attend a two-part orientation session. The first part of the session will be conducted by the Study Abroad Office. The second part will be run by the Government Department and will cover issues specific to TWC.
Please note that all Washington Center courses will count as Government Electives for GVT majors/minors and will fulfill the College of Arts & Sciences Expanded Classroom Requirement.