Inside Washington Seminar
Update: Given the rise of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, this seminar has been postponed until May 2022.
Inside Washington is an essential resource for college students and faculty interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in the nation’s capital. Combining lectures, site visits, tours and special events, it is one of the best ways to see the impact of the political process and learn how national leaders address important issues.
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.*
- Commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.
- Be fully vaccinated prior to your arrival to Washington, D.C. per our vaccination policy (if participating in person).
*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email email@example.com.
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 without fear.
The cost of this seminar is $1,995 which includes complimentary housing. Many students participate as part of a group with their home institutions, so billing arrangements vary from school to school.
If you are participating as part of a group, you will need to confirm your actual cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Living
During this seminar, you'll be living in NoMa, one of the coolest and 'most connected' neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. You'll be in the middle of it all with easy access wherever you need to go.
Want to learn all about TWC housing, the community and the neighborhood? Check out our Housing page below.
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
We give you your space, but we don't leave you totally on your own. Our student services team and alumni mentors make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. And our disability services staff ensures that every student has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.
This seminar is designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. If you are participating in a group with your university, please consult with your faculty advisor about your particular credit arrangements.
Dates and Deadlines
- Seminar Dates: Details about the timing of the postponed seminar will be available in early 2022.
How to Apply
When you're ready to start an application, click the button. Please note, you will be asked to submit a $200 deposit with your application.
If arrangements have been made for your school to pay your $200 deposit, you should have received a code from your liaison or sponsor that you will enter into your application. If you did not receive a code, but believe you should have, please contact our admissions team at email@example.com.
If you're not quite ready to apply, sign up to learn more below.
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 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
- 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
Faculty members who have 6 or more students attending the academic seminar are guaranteed a position as a faculty leader. If you are interested in applying to be a faculty leader, fill out this form for more information.
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.