Global Competencies Internship Program

Global Competencies Internship Program

Filling the skills gap in the global workforce.

To launch a career after college, you need more than a degree. You need real-world experience, the right skills and expertise to succeed in a competitive international labor market. The Global Competencies internship program was developed to give global citizens like you a competitive edge and upward mobility throughout your career.


To be eligible to participate in this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-U.S. citizen
  • Be a college senior, a recent college graduate (no more than 18 months post-graduation); or a graduate student
  • Score 80+ on TOEFL iBT (or equivalent English language exam e.g. IELTS, TOEIC)
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Hold a valid passport

Program Components

You'll work full time Monday through Thursday at your internship getting the chance to do real meaningful work and feel like part of the team. Each Friday, you'll attend classes, workshops and site visits that focus on developing your global competencies. Individual mentoring and projects will help you apply the skills you learn throughout the semester. You'll also have numerous opportunities to network with professionals at special events and conferences.

Program Cost

Spring and Fall 2018 Programs

Housing and Living

The community you become a part of is one the best things about The Washington Center. You never know what will spark a conversation that turns a roommate from halfway around the globe to a lifelong friend. You might come for an internship, but you’ll be amazed by what you can learn from a late night burger run.

We don't like to brag, but our neighborhood, NoMa, is one of the coolest and 'most connected' neighborhoods in D.C. You'll be in the middle of it all with easy access wherever you need to go.


Most interns share a 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment with three other students in our modern academic and residential building. We'll provide everything you need, most of what you'll want and even some perks you might not have expected (like tips on where to find that burger at 2am).

Each apartment is fully furnished and includes:

  • a full dining set (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee maker and toaster)
  • refrigerator
  • microwave 
  • dishwasher
  • iron and ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and broom
  • washer and dryer
  • wi-fi and cable

What to Pack

Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • linens including twin-sized sheets, towels, a blanket/comforter and pillows
  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • at least three business professional outfits
  • notebook and pens
  • clothes hangers

Once you’ve arrived we recommend you purchase these additional items: 

  • cleaning supplies 
  • dishwasher and laundry detergent
  • toilet paper and paper towels
  • groceries

Due to limited storage we cannot accept packages in advance of your check-in date.

Student Services

We give you your space, but we don't leave you totally on your own. Our student services team and alumni mentors make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. And our disability services staff ensures that every student has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

You are not required to earn academic credit for this program. TWC does not grant academic credit.

Non-US Citizens

The Washington Center is a designated J-1 Visa sponsor by the U.S. State Department and sponsors a J-1 Visa for international students attending or recently graduated from a university in a foreign country. Once you’re accepted into The Washington Center’s program, you’ll be given details for how to secure your J-1 Visa. Special provisions may be available for Canadian citizens.

International students enrolled in U.S. universities with a valid F-1 visa can participate in TWC’s programs with their current visa as long as they remain enrolled in the university and their visa is valid until the last day of The Washington Center’s program or beyond. Please contact the home institution for further information.

J-1 Visa Requirements

In order to obtain a J-1 Visa, you must be accepted into one of our programs and:

  • Be enrolled in a foreign degree- or certificate-granting university outside the United States OR have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the program start date. Alternatively, you may have a degree or professional certificate from a foreign university and at least one year of work experience in your field.
  • Know English well enough to perform successfully in the program.
  • Plan to leave the United States within 30 days after completion of the program.

Once you have been accepted into our program and placed at an internship site, The Washington Center will send you the DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms along with other important materials.

Health Insurance

All J-1 Visa participants must certify that they have a valid health insurance policy for the entire duration of the program to comply with State Department requirements. You will need to bring proof of insurance with you when you come to the United States to provide to The Washington Center.

Your policy must include:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness.
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000.
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation to your home country in the amount of $50,000.
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

An insurance policy secured to meet the benefits requirements must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above. Alternatively, the policy may be backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country.

How to Apply

Start and submit the online application by clicking the button below. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time. You must include the application documents listed in the section below to complete the application process.

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Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2018 Program

  • Application Deadline: April 18, 2018
  • Check-In: August 29, 2018
  • Orientation: August 29-31, 2018
  • Internship Begins: September 4, 2018
  • Internship Ends: December 6, 2018
  • Check-Out: December 8, 2018

Application Documents

You need to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • One-page Resumé (in english)
  • Issues Essay (approx. 500 words)
  • TOEFL iBT Score 80+ (or equivalent English language exam e.g. IELTS, TOEIC)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (in english)
  • Official Transcript: from university showing a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Copy of your Valid Passport ID page