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 May 28, 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.

Summer Academic Internship Program (May 2020 - August 2020)

On April 10, 2020, TWC announced its decision to conduct its Summer 2020 Academic Internship Program entirely online. While the Summer 2020 Virtual Internship Program differs from the in-person experience, many of the outcomes are the same. We invite you to learn more about the redesigned program here.

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
In light of TWC's decision to conduct the summer 2020 program online, all students who submitted a Community Profile and paid a deposit for summer 2020 housing will receive a refund automatically. Refunds will be transmitted during the week of April 20th, 2020.

Fall Academic Internship Program (August 2020 - December 2020)

As of May 28, 2020, TWC is planning to host students in-person for the Fall Academic Internship Program. 

We are in the process of planning how we will safely reopen our housing facility to students and will be reviewing this plan with D.C. government officials, local area universities, internship hosts, and public health officials in the coming weeks. There will be a detailed plan for re-opening our Residential and Academic Facility available by the end of June 2020.

While we are confident (and excited) about welcoming students to D.C. in August, we are also aware 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 in-person experience. We will be sharing more details about this virtual option by mid-June and will offer each university flexibility in determining which version of the program (virtual or in-person) is appropriate for their students.

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

Our federal agency partners and The Washington Center are working jointly to explore all options that will ensure the safety and health of all individuals. At this time decisions are being made on an agency-by-agency basis regarding any adjustments to summer programming. Our expectations are to share information on any changes to an agency program as soon as possible. These expectations will depend on CDC and federal guidelines and the work status and policies of the federal agency itself. Please note that all students will be notified as soon possible about agency decisions for their particular program.

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

No changes. 

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

The Summer 2020 VET Initiative will be conducted online in order to help student veterans launch a successful career and protect their health and safety. The selected participants will intern with an organization aligned with their career aspirations, attend our specially designed professional advancement colloquium for student veterans, and receive increased individualized career coaching sessions. They will also be able to expand their professional network through virtual career panels featuring experienced professionals and program alumni.

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.

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.

2021 The Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar (January 2021)

No changes.

Spring Academic Internship Program (January 2020 - May 2020)

On March 22nd, TWC shifted its Academic Internship Program online and closed the Residential and Academic Facility for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Virtual Continuity of the Spring 2020 Academic Internship Program

  • TWC extended all of its remote learning for the LEAD Colloquium and Evening Courses through the end of the semester on Friday, May 1st, 2020. 
  • TWC worked with its internship site partners to provide a remote internship for their student interns. In some cases, internship sites were not able to offer a remote option and students were offered the option to continue participating in our programming.

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

Our federal interns are currently working remotely and will continue teleworking until the end of the semester, as the safety of our students is our top priority.