The Washington Semester is a Gateway Internship Program that allows a student to spend an entire semester working in the Washington/Baltimore metro area four days a week. The intern gets the opportunity to experience the world of work, face questions of real importance in business, national or international life, and give serious consideration to the choice of a career. The graduate then enters the job market as an applicant with demonstrated experience and references from work supervisors as well as professors and academic advisors.
The Washington Gateway Semester Program is open to eligible students in all majors. This program permits students to obtain credit by integrating classroom learning with work experience in the Washington-Baltimore area, and relating academic training to the real world. Presidential Scholarships are also available specifically for Washington Gateway Semester interns. To be eligible for the Washington Gateway Semester internship program, you must have completed at least half the credit hours (64) needed for graduation and have a GPA of at least 2.5
Participants in the Washington Gateway Semester may earn up to fifteen hours of credits. Twelve credit hours are earned during the four days the student spend at his or her place of internship in the Washington-Baltimore area. The remaining three credit hours are earned from participating in an interdisciplinary seminar (open only to students participating in the Washington Gateway Semester program) held on the fifth day.
Washington Semester Internship Sites have included:
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
AIDS Policy Center for Children/Youth & Family
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Cable News Network (CNN)
Children’s Defense Fund
Citizens Against Government Waste
District of Columbia Department of Corrections
Internal Revenue Service
Library of Congress
National Institute of Mental Health
National Organization for Women
The White House