Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19

The safety and wellbeing of our students and partners is The Washington Center’s top priority.

We continue to closely monitor the guidance from the CDC and local authorities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area regarding COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and its potential impact on our upcoming events and our academic seminar and internship programs. 

Updates on TWC Programs and Events

This page was last updated on March 27, 2020

Information and guidelines regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving. We appreciate your support as we work through these changing conditions and continue to adjust our operations as the circumstances warrant. Today, The Washington Center can confirm that there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the TWC community. 

In order to help slow the spread of the virus, and because life in the Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) involves close proximity to others, with shared bathrooms and common spaces, TWC made the difficult decision to close the RAF for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester in order to safeguard the health and well-being of students. At this moment, we still plan to reopen our residential facility in time for the Summer 2020 term. Please refer to the Spring 2020 Academic Internship Program tab below to view specifics of this closure, move-out processes and the virtual continuity of TWC programming.

Spring Academic Internship Program (January 2020 - May 2020)

TWC has made the difficult decision to close the RAF for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester in order to safeguard the health and well-being of our students. 

Residential and Academic Facility Closure and Move-Out

  • To help support students through this transition, TWC’s Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) will remain open until Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Students will receive check-out instructions via email by 12:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
  • Students who have already checked out of the RAF, and had planned to return at a later date, will be contacted via email on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 to schedule a mutually agreed upon time to return and collect their belongings.
  • If a student has an extenuating circumstance that they believe requires them to remain in Washington, D.C., they should contact Kevin Nunley (kevin.nunley@twc.edu) via email no later than Thursday, March 19th, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., to share their circumstances. TWC will make decisions regarding these requests on a case-by-case basis.
  • TWC will offer students a partial refund for their TWC housing costs, based on the total amount paid to TWC and their institutional billing arrangement. These refunds will be calculated and determined by the end of the spring semester on Friday, May 1st, 2020. Each student’s $300 housing deposit will also be returned before the end of the semester in accordance with our regular policy. 

Continuity of the Spring 2020 Academic Internship Program

  • TWC will extend all of its remote learning for the LEAD Colloquium and Evening Courses through the end of the semester on Friday, May 1st, 2020. Students’ LEAD Instructor and Evening Course Professor will communicate with them regarding instruction via Schoology.
  • TWC is actively working with internship site partners to better understand their remote work capabilities. Many internship site partners have already agreed to provide a remote internship for their student interns. 
    • TWC recognizes not all internships will be able to offer this remote option. In such cases, TWC is encouraging internship site partners to develop a project students can complete remotely. It is ultimately up to internship sites to offer this option.
    • All students will receive an evaluation from their internship regardless of ongoing remote or project work.
  • In specific cases in which the internship site cannot accommodate telework nor provide a project for students to work on for the remainder of the semester, the following will take place:
    • The internship portion of The Washington Center experience will end.
    • The internship site supervisor will complete an end-of-semester evaluation through SkillSurvey that will assess students’ performance based on time spent at the internship site. 
    • The evaluation will be sent to you, the student’s campus liaison, for review at the end of the semester.
    • Students will continue their participation in the LEAD Colloquium and Evening Class virtually until the end of the semester.

Many TWC students have looked forward to their time in Washington, D.C. for years and we know that these necessary changes will be disappointing for them. We are committed to helping each participant maximize what remains of their experience and would welcome students back to Washington, D.C. in a future term or to pursue one of our other programs. 

Summer Academic Internship Program (May 2020 - August 2020)

The Washington Center has continued to monitor the evolving situation around COVID-19 (the coronavirus), as well as guidance from the CDC, D.C. Department of Health and other authorities. We know that this time of uncertainty can be extremely stressful and we remain focused on the health and well-being of our students, partners, and staff - as such, we are prepared to make adjustments to our programs and policies if they become necessary.

As of today, our summer 2020 Academic Internship Program is still on schedule. We encourage students who are considering participating in our program to submit their application and continue with the admissions and internship matching process. The Washington Center has also updated its refund and cancellation policies to provide maximum flexibility and peace of mind to students, parents and university partners. 

In the event that The Washington Center is forced to cancel its summer 2020 Academic Internship Program before May 31st, 2020, students will not be responsible for paying the program or housing fee regardless of their standing in the admissions process.

Program Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy
Should a student choose to cancel their application to the summer program prior to Friday, April 17th there will be no cancellation fee and a 100% refund will be provided even if the student has accepted an internship offer.  

After April 17th, The Washington Center’s refund and cancellation policies will revert to our current published policies.

Housing Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy
Students planning to live in Washington Center housing will be required to submit a housing contract and pay a $300 security deposit. Once the contract has been submitted:

  • A full refund of all housing fees paid including the $300 deposit will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received by April 17th. 
  • The $300 deposit will be forfeited if notification of cancellation is received after April 17th. 
  • All housing fees are due and the $300 deposit will not be refunded if notification of cancellation is received on or after the check-in date.

2020 Federal Internship Program Spring Semester (January 2020 - May 2020)

The Washington Center continues to monitor the impact of the coronavirus in the regions where our federal interns are placed. Our students’ wellness and health are our top priority. TWC will continue to follow the directives of the CDC and Public Health authorities. We have asked all participants to continue to follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC to minimize their risk. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g., cough, fever, shortness of breath) has been asked to stay at home from class and/or work, avoid others for the duration of the symptoms, and contact a health provider for guidance.

In the event that a student’s federal internship site may decide to shift its policies to work remotely, The Washington Center will support those decisions on teleworking as the safety of our students is our top priority. 

TWC has emergency protocol and contingency plans in place if any cases arise.

National Security Academic Seminar (May 2020)

In an effort to prioritize the well-being of participants, and to support broader community efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, The Washington Center has made the difficult decision to cancel the National Security Seminar previously scheduled for May 12-23, 2020. We care deeply about program quality and we anticipated that necessary social distancing and group size limitations may have kept us from offering you the best experience. 

As a result of the cancellation, we’ll refund any fees (including your deposit) that you’ve paid to The Washington Center. You’ll receive this refund automatically and it should arrive by April 15th. 

TWC will explore rescheduling the National Security Seminar for sometime later this year. We are also planning to run the seminar again in May 2021 and hope you’ll consider joining us next year. 

Please reach out to our Admissions Team at info@twc.edu if you have any questions. We wish you good health at this challenging time.

Francis Marion University Program (May 2020)

No changes.

Purdue University Program (May 2020)

Purdue has cancelled this program.


High Point University Program (May 2020)

This program has been cancelled. 


2020 Federal Internship Program Summer Term (May 2020 - August 2020)

No changes.

Veterans Employment Trajectory Initiative Summer Term Program (May 2020 - August 2020)

No changes.

Democratic National Convention Academic Seminar (July 2020)

No changes. We have extended the application deadline to April 3, 2020. We continue to monitor for updates from the national political parties.

Republican National Convention Academic Seminar (August 2020)

No changes. We have extended the application deadline to April 3, 2020. We continue to monitor for updates from the national political parties.

Fall Academic Internship Program (August 2020 - December 2020)

No changes.

2020 Federal Internship Program Fall Semester (August 2020 - December 2020)

No changes. 

2021 The Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar (January 2021)

No changes.