Inside Washington Seminar
Define your role in shaping democracy.
Did you know that “threats to democracy” is now the top voter concern, above even “cost of living” and “jobs and the economy,” according to an NBC poll? Whether you are considering a future career in the government or media, or you just want to make a difference in your community, we all have a role to play in shaping democracy.
We invite you to Washington, D.C. for an immersive week with college students from across the country to discuss hot-button issues in policy, media, business and politics. You’ll interact with experts and public figures, explore different career paths and go behind the scenes of organizations in the city where history is made.
At the end of the program, you’ll come away with an insider’s view of the 2022 midterm results and the issues at play leading up to the presidential election in 2024. This bipartisan program is one of the best ways to understand the impact of the political process and see how each of us can help shape democracy as citizens, students and professionals.
These morning sessions, attended by all participants, will feature some of the most distinguished speakers and public figures in D.C. Past speakers include NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and White House Correspondent April Ryan.
We'll help you explore Washington, D.C. like no tourist ever could, taking you into government agencies, think tanks, embassies, media outlets and more all around the city. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how our nation’s capital works. In the past we've taken groups to the Cato Institute, Voice of America, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and various politically-focused organizations.
Small Group Discussions
Faculty from all over the country lead these sessions allowing for candid give-and-take discussions to help you digest the information you've heard throughout the day. We encourage respectful debate and foster an open environment where you can confidently express your thoughts.
Housing and Living
Participants will stay in TWC’s furnished 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)
- iron and ironing board
- vacuum cleaner
- mop and broom
- washer and dryer
What to Pack
As you are packing, please be aware that linens will be provided for seminar participants. The linen package includes a bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, sheets, a blanket and pillow. If you tend to get cold at night, we encourage you to bring an extra blanket. Please be prepared to pack the following:
- personal toiletries
- government-issued ID card
- small folding umbrella
- business professional attire for academic sessions and site visits
- casual attire for evenings and weekends
- notebook and pens
- clothes hangers
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.
Our seminars are designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, TWC does not grant academic credit.
Please consult with your campus liaison or faculty advisor to see if you may be able to earn academic credit for your experience. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty advisor, please contact email@example.com.
To be eligible to participate in this seminar, you must meet following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Be in good standing at your college or university.
- Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with lower GPAs may be considered.
- Get approval from your campus liaison or a faculty sponsor.*
- If receiving credit, commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.
- Be fully vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible) prior to your arrival to Washington, D.C. per our vaccination policy.
*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of this seminar is $1,795, which includes housing. If you are participating as part of a school group, please confirm your total cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email us at email@example.com.
Dates and Deadlines
- Seminar Dates: January 3–11, 2023
- Check-In: Tuesday, January 3 between noon and 5:00 p.m.
- Check-Out: Wednesday, January 11 before noon
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
How to Apply
Faculty members have the opportunity to lead their students through a transformational and once-in-a-lifetime learning experience by applying to be a faculty leader. Throughout the academic seminar, faculty leaders work with a group of 10 to 20 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
- Accompany the students on site visits to 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
Refund and Cancellation Policy
If your plans change and you wish to withdraw your application, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org notifying The Washington Center of your decision. TWC will confirm your withdrawal via email once it has been processed. Please review the following policies:
If you are paying for your participation in the seminar, and:
- you have paid your seminar fee and withdraw 30 (or more) calendar days before the start of the seminar, you will receive a full refund, minus the $200 nonrefundable deposit. Your $200 deposit may be applied to another TWC program within the next two years.
- you withdraw fewer than 30 days before the start of the seminar, you are responsible for the entire seminar fee. You may appeal this charge, if your decision to withdraw is the result of a documented personal or family emergency. Appeals are only granted in unique circumstances.
If your school is paying for your participation in the seminar:
- you should immediately notify your faculty leader (along with TWC) of your intent to withdraw.
- your faculty leader will help you determine whether you are financially responsible for the cost of the seminar.