Your Semester with TWC
We're counting down the days to fall semester!
It’s the perfect time of year to immerse yourself in a professional experience and get to know people from across the country (whether you join us in Washington, D.C. or online).
Until then, we look forward to working with you to land your internship and prepare for the semester of a lifetime! We’ll use this page to keep you updated on what your TWC experience will look like, from check-in to community life. To see a full list of important dates for fall 2022, check out the Academic Calendar.
Washington, D.C. Option
If you’re planning to join us in the nation’s capital, get ready for weekend brunches, brisk strolls on the National Mall and a return to the office for many professionals across the city (check out the Internships section below to see the different ways that TWC participants work with their internship sites).
Please note that all participants who choose to participate in-person in any aspect of our programs are required be fully vaccinated (including a booster shot, if eligible) against COVID-19 prior to their arrival in D.C. We encourage you to review our COVID-19 vaccination policy for more details.
Proof of Vaccination: All participants residing in TWC housing or living independently in Washington, D.C. and participating in-person in any aspect of our fall program:
Are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their arrival in D.C and to upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card (including proof of booster shot, if eligible) to Canvas by Wednesday, July 6. Please review our complete COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test before they check in, but are not required to provide proof of a negative test.
Check-In Dates: Check-in will be held August 24 – 25, so you’ll select a specific time when you and (no more than) two other people can move your belongings into the building.
Anyone arriving with you must provide the following in order to enter the building: proof of full vaccination (including a booster shot, if eligible) against COVID-19 and a government ID.
Orientation: Housing orientation will run virtually and details will be shared with students by the Housing and Community Life team.
Once you arrive in the nation’s capital, you may be working with your internship site remotely, in-person, or on a hybrid schedule (remotely on some days and in the office on other days). This will depend on your internship’s working status, so it's important to discuss work hour and location expectations with prospective internship sites as you progress through the internship selection process.
As you may know, students take an academic course and engage in Career Readiness Programming as part of their TWC experience.
Academic Courses: TWC plans to offer academic courses both in person and online. Courses will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Career Readiness Programming: TWC plans to offer Career Readiness Programming both in person and online. You’ll have the opportunity to attend networking events and engage in a group-oriented professional development series in person.
You'll be able to meet with your program manager one-on-one in a virtual format. You’ll also have access to a range of online, on-demand professional development workshops, which you can choose based on your interests. Past professional development workshops have included Professional Goal Setting, Negotiating Salary and Benefits, Professional Branding, Writing a Federal Resume and Virtual Networking.
Housing and Community Life
Most students will live in a quad-style apartment, sharing a bedroom with one person and common space with two suitemates.
We have made modifications to our pandemic-related safety policies at the RAF (particularly around capacity limits and guest allowances). Details will be shared with students by the Housing and Community Life team.
If you’re participating online, now’s the time to think ahead to virtual networking with your internship colleagues, one-on-one career advising and online professional development sessions.
If you’re interning remotely, you may notice that some industry areas have fewer available internship sites. We expect more limited options with law enforcement agencies, federal government agencies, Capitol Hill offices, and legal or law-related positions. Your options may further vary based on fluctuating site availability.
Once the program begins, you should expect to work 20-36 hours per week, depending on your internship. You’ll arrange a work schedule directly with your internship, so you may work a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, a shorter set number of hours each day, select days each week or another varied schedule.
In order to participate remotely, you will be required to have access to a computer with a stable internet connection.
As you may know, students typically take an academic course and engage in Career Readiness Programming as part of their TWC experience.
For fall 2022, virtual participants will not take an academic course with TWC, so they will receive a discount of up to $300 (you may owe TWC less than $300 after accounting for scholarships).
Most of TWC's Career Readiness Programming will be offered online. You’ll have access to a range of on-demand professional development workshops, which you can choose to attend based on your interests. Past professional development workshops have included Professional Goal Setting, Negotiating Salary and Benefits, Professional Branding, Writing a Federal Resume and Virtual Networking. You will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with your career advisor remotely.
Program Cost & Credit
The cost of the online option is the same as the Washington, D.C. option, with two exceptions: you will not pay a housing fee and you will receive a discount of up to $300 (you may owe TWC less than $300 after accounting for scholarships).
The amount of academic credit you’ll receive for your participation in the virtual option also depends on how the program works at your school. Contact your campus liaison to confirm the cost and credit arrangements for the online option. If you need help identifying your liaison or if your institution does not have a liaison, contact email@example.com.