National Security Seminar
Hear from the experts and deepen your knowledge on national security matters.
Take part in a one-week virtual seminar in which you'll explore the protection of U.S. interests at home, abroad and online. You'll interact with national security experts who tackle these issues every day and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this intriguing field.
To be eligible to participate in this seminar, you must meet the 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.
*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email email@example.com.
You’ll hear from some of the most distinguished speakers and public national security experts in Washington, D.C. The virtual format will allow you to ask questions and interact with other participants via the conference portal. Some of our past speakers include program manager at the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Dan Massey and former CIA Director, John Brennan.
We'll help you explore Washington, D.C. virtually, taking you into government agencies, think tanks, media outlets and more. You'll get a behind the scenes looks at how our nation’s capital works. Examples of past educational briefings include the Brookings Institution, Voice of America, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and various politically-focused organizations.
Small Group Sessions
Faculty leaders lead discussion groups that allow 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 virtual seminar is $1,500. 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.
Our academic seminars are designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, we do not grant academic credit. If you are participating in a group from your university, please consult with your campus liaison or faculty advisor about your particular credit arrangements. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty advisor, please contact email@example.com.
Dates and Deadlines
Seminar Dates: May 24 - 28, 2021
Application Deadline: TBA
How to Apply
To participate, you must complete an online application and submit a deposit. The deposit is applied toward your seminar fee and will be refunded if you are not accepted into the program.
If you're not quite ready to apply, you can request more information and we'll be in touch:
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 $500 nonrefundable deposit. Your $500 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.