Workforce Readiness Program

Workforce Readiness Program

Short-term bootcamp experience designed to build the skills and networks critical to bridging success from college to your professional future.

The Washington Center is committed to bridging the skills gap that many college graduates face in securing jobs and growing their careers. Through our innovative 4-day, in-person Workforce Readiness Program (November 2-5, 2023), learners will immerse themselves in the realities and expectations of today’s workforce and explore important skills.

Engaging directly with leaders in high-growth industries such as technology, AI, finance, communications and more, the program provides a bridge between academic theory in the classroom and the tangible professional skills that employers seek and reward.

The Workforce Readiness Program will focus on professional skills which are universal in providing an opportunity to effectively navigate today’s fast-paced, high demand professional setting, yet are often not addressed in college settings.

Students who successfully complete the Workforce Readiness Program will be able to detail participation and emphasize relevant skills gained on resume, LinkedIn and other engagement with potential employers.

A Commitment to Access, Equity and Inclusion

TWC recognizes that diversity brings innovation and creativity to the workplace and encourages fresh perspectives. As such, we are committed to shaping the future of the workforce so that it is representative of the full diversity across the U.S. and allows inclusion and belonging for talent of all backgrounds and lived experience.

Students attending academic institutions in North Carolina and Maryland, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), are encouraged to apply.

Housing and Living

During the Workforce Readiness Program held in the nation’s capital, you’ll stay in TWC’s furnished intern housing in NoMa, a cosmopolitan neighborhood full of unique restaurants and nightlife.

You’ll be within walking distance of the National Mall and the best that D.C. has to offer (not to mention essentials like grocery stores and the Metro).



Most participants share a 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment with three other participants in our modern academic and residential building. We'll provide everything you need, most of what you'll want and even some perks you might not have expected.

Each apartment is fully furnished and includes:

  • a full dining set (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee maker and toaster)
  • refrigerator
  • microwave 
  • dishwasher
  • iron and ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and broom
  • washer and dryer
  • wi-fi

What to Pack

Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • bed linens (twin XL sheets)
  • bath towels
  • blanket
  • pillow 
  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • small folding umbrella
  • business casual or smart casual attire for academic sessions and site visits
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • notebook and pens
  • clothes hangers

Housing Services

Our housing is managed by a dedicated housing services team to ensure you have everything you need to live comfortably.

We want every student to be able to maximize their experience, so we offer reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. TWC's housing is ADA accessible, and wheelchair accessible apartments are available to participants who need them. We also allow documented service animals and emotional support animals.


To be eligible to participate in this program, you must meet the following criteria:  

  • Be at least 18 years of age.  
  • If accepted, commit to attending and fully participating in the Workforce Readiness Program in Washington, D.C. from November 2-5, 2023.  
  • If accepted, commit to upholding TWC’s Seminar and Short-Term Policies (including the Student Code of Conduct) before and during their program experience. 

All TWC programs are designed to be inclusive, equitable and accessible to all, including those from historically marginalized backgrounds, those with disabilities and neurodiverse populations. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply:  

  • Women  
  • Veterans 
  • LGBTQ+  
  • First-generation students  
  • Persons with disabilities  
  • Neurodiverse individuals 
  • Low-income individuals (as measured by Pell Grant eligibility) 
  • Individuals from historically marginalized racial and ethnic backgrounds 
  • Students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, ANNAPISIs, Tribal Colleges and other MSIs  

Program Cost

The cost of this seminar is $1,595 which includes housing. To learn more about scholarships for select students, please see below.


Scholarship Opportunities Available

A full scholarship toward your participation in this program, valued at $1,595, is available to eligible students. These scholarships cover the cost of the program and student housing at TWC's Residential and Academic Facility.

Recipients will also be given a $350 stipend to help cover food and travel expenses. Funding is available to residents of certain states, including Maryland and North Carolina. Apply today to explore scholarship opportunities available to you!

To receive a scholarship, accepted students meeting residency and other eligibility requirements must commit to attending and fully participating in the Workforce Readiness Program in Washington, D.C. Students must also commit to upholding TWC’s Seminar and Short-Term Policies (including the Student Code of Conduct) before and during their program experience.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Check-In: Thursday, November 7, 2024
  • Check-Out: Sunday, November 10, 2024

Please stay tuned for further information on the 2024 application opening and closing dates and the seminar selection and decision period dates. 

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest, however, applications for this program are now closed.

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