Inside Washington Seminar

Inside Washington Seminar

Join TWC for an assessment of what awaits on the political and media horizons following the 2018 midterm elections.

The 2018 midterms are poised to be the most consequential election many of us have witnessed to date. Control of both chambers of Congress will be determined. With a near record number of lawmakers not seeking re-election and an abundance of first-time candidates, the 116th Congress is likely to deliver more fresh faces to Washington than any election in recent memory. You could experience the policy implications of the new Congress from campus, or you can experience firsthand the electoral outcome through Inside Washington 2019 Seminar.

This seminar will give you exclusive access to media organizations, congressional offices and think tanks throughout Washington, D.C. and will expose you to the perspectives of national movers and shakers. The Inside Washington Seminar is also a great opportunity to build and expand your professional network and explore career paths you may have never considered.

Eligibility

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

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated within the last 18 months.
  • 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* (undergraduates only)
  • Commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.

*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email info@twc.edu.

Seminar Components

Speakers

You’ll hear from and engage with 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.

Site Visits

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 Sessions

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.

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Seminar Cost

The cost of the seminar is $2,295 and includes the program and housing fee. Many of our participants come as part of a group with their home institutions and billing arrangements vary from school to school. If you are participating in a group, you will need to confirm your actual cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email info@twc.edu.

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.

TWC Housing

Housing

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 and cable

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

Student Services

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.

Academic Credit

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

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Check-In:  Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Seminar Begins: Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Seminar Ends: Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Check-Out: Saturday, January 19, 2019

How to Apply

Start and submit the online application by clicking the button below. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time.

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If you're not quite ready to apply or are interested in learning more about our programs, please submit a Request For Information below.

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Seminar Faculty

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:

  1. Attend all program sessions
  2. Meet with students for group discussion and instruction
  3. Accompany the students on site visits to embassies, think tanks and other organizations in D.C.
  4. Read students’ written work and evaluate their academic and professional performance
  5. 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 would like to apply for a Faculty Leader position at Inside Washington 2019 Seminar, email OCUR@twc.edu.

Policies

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If your plans change and you wish to withdraw your application, you must send an email to info@twc.edu 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. 
Deposit Waiver Code Policy
  • Deposit waiver codes are given, upon request, to liaisons and faculty leaders of schools that pay their students’ invoices.
  • It is the liaison or faculty leader’s responsibility to determine to which students, if any, they provide the code. The code waives the $200 deposit that students normally pay at the end of the TWC seminar application.
  • If a student uses the code, the $200 deposit will be paid by the school as a part of the full program fee invoice.
  • If a student drops the seminar after having used the deposit waiver code, the school remains responsible for payment of the $200 deposit to The Washington Center.