National Security Seminar

National Security Seminar

Bringing together college students from across the country to deepen their knowledge and experience on national security matters.

Join college students from around the country for one week in Washington, D.C. to explore the protection of U.S. interests at home, abroad and online. You'll be in the room with national security experts who tackle these issues every day. Get access to organizations and agencies tourists can't and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this intriguing field. While you're here you can investigate your own professional interests and build a professional network. You may even discover a career path you hadn't considered.


To be eligible to participate in this seminar, you must meet the 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

Seminar Components


You’ll hear from and engage with some of the most distinguished speakers and public national security experts in Washington, D.C. Some of our past speakers include Director of Homeland Security, Dr. Dan Massey and former CIA Director, John Brennan.

Site Visits

We'll help you explore this important topic through the lens of Washington, D.C. and take you into government agencies, think tanks, embassies, media outlets and more. You'll get a behind the scenes look at how our nation’s capital works. In the past, we've taken groups to the Truman National Security Project, Heritage Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the MITRE Corporation.

Small Group Sessions

Faculty lead these sessions allowing for candid give-and-take discussions to help you digest the information you've heard throughout the day. Faculty 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

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


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, March 20, 2019
  • Check-In: Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Seminar Begins: Monday, May 13
  • Seminar Ends: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Check-Out: Thursday, May 23, 2019

How to Apply

We're not currently accepting applications for this seminar. However, if are interested in learning more about our programs, please submit a Request For Information below.

Request more Information

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


Refund and Cancellation Policy

Students should review the Refund and Cancellation Policy before submitting an application. Any students who wish to withdraw their application must send an email to notifying The Washington Center of their decision. TWC will send a confirmation email once each withdrawal has been processed.

  • Students who withdraw on or before the deadline will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges.
  • Students who withdraw after the deadline but within ten (10) calendar days of their acceptance to the program will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges. After the 10-day window has passed, any students who withdraw will be assessed a $350 administrative fee (in addition to the nonrefundable $200 deposit).
  • Students who have already paid their seminar fee and withdraw more than ten (10) calendar days before the start of the seminar will receive a refund of their balance, minus the $200 nonrefundable deposit and $350 administrative fee, as applicable per the terms outlined above.
  • Students who withdraw within ten (10) calendar days of the start of the program (regardless of acceptance date), will be responsible for the entire seminar fee.

If your institution has agreed to cover the cost of your attendance, but you decide to withdraw from the seminar, you will be liable for the above stated fees—even if you did not initially pay a deposit. It is also your responsibility to notify The Washington Center (via in writing as soon as you decide to withdraw. If you fail to do so, you – not your school – will be financially responsible for all associated costs, up to and including the full amount of the seminar fee.

Deposit Waiver Code Policy:

  • FacultyGroup 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 FacultyGroup code, the school remains responsible for payment of the $200 deposit to The Washington Center.