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 August 11, 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. 

Please refer to the tabs below for more information about the status of our programs.

Fall Academic Internship Program (August 2020 - December 2020)

As of August 11, 2020, TWC is planning to host students in-person for the fall 2020 Academic Internship Program.

In order to prepare for the upcoming semester, we’ve made adjustments to our academic, programmatic and residential plans and policies to ensure the safety of our community. We encourage you to learn more about program changes here

While we look forward to hosting students in the nation’s capital, we also understand that some schools may issue alternative policies regarding in-person participation in internship programs this fall. 

To accommodate students from these schools, we will be offering a virtual internship program in addition to our Washington, D.C. experience. We invite you to learn more about this program option

We are offering each university flexibility in determining which version of the program (virtual or in-person) is appropriate for their students.

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

No changes. 

2021 The Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar (January 2021)

The Washington Center (TWC) has hosted the Inauguration Academic Seminar since 1985 – and it remains the only national academic program of its kind and size. For the first time in TWC’s history, the Inauguration Academic Seminar will 100% virtual – opening participation to students and faculty from around the world, and those who are otherwise unable to travel to Washington, D.C. Learn more.

Democratic National Convention Academic Seminar (July 2020)

On April 15, TWC announced the decision to cancel the National Conventions Academic Seminars scheduled to run in Charlotte, NC and Milwaukee, WI in July and August 2020. 

Shifting plans surrounding the national conventions and the continued need to practice social distancing led us to determine that we would not be able to provide the up-close experience that makes our convention seminars great. 

Students who had applied for one of the National Conventions Academic Seminars are invited to consider attending our upcoming Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar, which will be held in Washington, D.C. this coming January. To learn more about this program, visit our Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar page or submit this form by Wednesday, April 22. to schedule a conversation with our staff.

Students who decide not to move their application to the Inauguration 2021 program will receive a refund of any fees (including the deposit) that have been paid to The Washington Center. They will receive this refund automatically and it should arrive by the end of April.

Republican National Convention Academic Seminar (August 2020)

On April 15, TWC announced the decision to cancel the National Conventions Academic Seminars scheduled to run in Charlotte, NC and Milwaukee, WI in July and August 2020. 

Shifting plans surrounding the national conventions and the continued need to practice social distancing led us to determine that we would not be able to provide the up-close experience that makes our convention seminars great. 

Students who had applied for one of the National Conventions Academic Seminars are invited to consider attending our upcoming Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar, which will be held in Washington, D.C. this coming January. To learn more about this program, visit our Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar page or submit this form by Wednesday, April 22. to schedule a conversation with our staff.

Students who decide not to move their application to the Inauguration 2021 program will receive a refund of any fees (including the deposit) that have been paid to The Washington Center. They will receive this refund automatically and it should arrive by the end of April.