An Experience of a Lifetime in Just a Few Weeks
The Washington Center offers a range of Seminars aimed at providing participants with unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, discussions with Washington, D.C.'s political and media elite and an in-depth understanding of the biggest issues facing our nation and the world. Our Seminars typically last one to two weeks and are particularly useful for those with a specific career interest or are unable to commit to a full internship semester.
We realize the importance of faculty members who are passionate about these programs and value their partnership in encouraging students to participate.
Faculty members have the opportunity to attend a TWC academic seminar by applying to be a faculty leader. Throughout the academic seminar, faculty leaders work with a group of 6 to 15 students as they participate in program activities. During the academic seminar, faculty leaders will:
- Attend all program sessions
- Meet with students for group discussion and instruction
- Facilitate in-person or virtual educational briefings with speakers from embassies, think tanks and other organizations in D.C.
- Read students’ written work and evaluate their academic and professional performance
- Recommend a grade for each student at the end of the program
Some of the faculty leader benefits include:
- Networking with faculty from other institutions
- Engaging with experts and insiders
- A faculty stipend equal to $200 per student in discussion group
- A faculty stipend of $300 for travel (if applicable)
- A private bedroom in a shared apartment in the heart of D.C. or at either of the national political conventions locations (if applicable)
Faculty leaders are selected based on the strength of their CV and demonstrated interest in experiential learning. We give preference to faculty members from institutions who send six or more students attending a given academic seminar.
If you are interested in applying to be a faculty leader, fill out this form for more information.
Faculty members who are not able to participate in an academic seminar are still encouraged to advocate for their students to be able to attend. In many cases, universities are able to provide financial support and academic credit for these experiences.
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