Why You Should Apply Early for a D.C. Internship

Why You Should Apply Early for a D.C. Internship

Did you know there are perks to applying by the priority deadline for any of our semester programs? Aside from getting a head start on your Washington D.C. internship experience, there are a lot of reasons you should take advantage of our early deadline!

The Washington Center offers a priority deadline, every semester and summer, for students that are ready to get a head start on their summer or semester internship in Washington, D.C. The priority deadline is non-binding and available to every applicant.

1. Priority Consideration for Financial Awards

It’s not called the “priority” deadline for nothing! Students who apply by this deadline are given first dibs for our private scholarships. This doesn’t mean students who apply later are ineligible, but since we review financial aid requests on a first-come, first serve basis, it’s only fair that the students who submit their applications early get top consideration. If government funding is available in your state, applying by the priority deadline means you’re more likely to receive those state awards.

2. Get a Head Start on the Internship Matching Process

Your matching process begins as soon as possible, but if you’ve applied for a future semester it might not begin right away. In which case, you’ll just have a little extra time to prepare for your advising session by researching sample internship sites, fine tuning your résumé, and thinking about what you want out of your internship.

Apply Early for a D.C. Internship

3. An Early Submission = Peace of Mind

We probably don’t have to tell you that early bird gets the worm. Submitting early will prepare you for success later on. Instead of rushing in the days leading up to the deadline, you can focus on your end-of-semester exams, papers and projects! Besides, who doesn’t love checking something off of their to-do list?  

4. Start Planning Your Semester in D.C.

Knowing where you’re going to be in a few months has a lot of advantages, the least of which is the ability to start the planning process. From the logistics of planes, trains and automobiles, to the fun stuff, like buying tickets to a concert at The Anthem or a play at the Kennedy Center. With your housing and internship arrangements out of the way, you can spend time planning how you’ll spend your weekends and nights in the capital.

If you're ready to apply, visit the Find a Program page to find the program that best matches your internship needs. You can also check out our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter channels for tons of ideas on all of the free and exciting things you can do in Washington, D.C.!

The Washington Center

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we've helped more than 55,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative. 

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