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  • Locations: Washington, DC, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Host Institution Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017
10/21/2017 01/24/2018 05/05/2018
Summer 2018 02/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Financial Aid Applicability: All Financial Aid (Institutional, Federal and State)
Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Option(s): Apartment Credit Type: LMU Credit & Grades
Credits: 12 Summer Hours or 16 Semester Hours Faculty Program Director: Dr. Michael Genovese
Faculty Program Director Email: Interview with Faculty Program Director or Designee Required: Yes
Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Jenny Visapattana
Study Abroad Program Advising Meeting Required: No Areas of Study: Political Science
Program Description:
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The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in our nation's capital. Students work 30 to 40 hours per week at their internship and take academic classes in the evenings. The program fosters a professional and mature outlook, and a working knowledge of Washington, D.C. 


A great world capital rich in intellectual and cultural diversity, Washington, D.C., offers students unparalleled internship opportunities. The nation's capital is home to thousands of corporations and businesses, embassies, volunteer organizations and interest groups, cultural and scientific organizations, law and lobbying firms, trade associations, and major media headquarters -- not to mention the White House, the federal government and congressional offices. The Washington Center is just north of the White House.


The program offers living arrangements in apartment buildings in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, just minutes away by Metro from downtown Washington, D.C. The facilities are located in well-lighted, high-traffic areas that provide excellent security and comfortable surroundings. Students will be responsible for their own meals.


A wide range of classes and internships are available for all majors.  All class credits are granted through Loyola Marymount University and students receive grades. Generally, the class taken through the Washington Center is in the student's major and the internship is for political science credit. Where appropriate, students have earned business or communication studies credit for internships or the course. Classes taken will depend on a student's major and interests.


The Washington Center assists students in obtaining internships that suit their interests, backgrounds, and goals.  An internship is a valuable learning tool for college students. As an intern, you can evaluate your knowledge base, gain valuable work skills, network, develop mentor relationships and become confident that you are on the right academic and professional path. An internship gives you the opportunity to "test drive" a career and provides you an advantage when you seek employment. Typically, students work at their internship four days per week.

Internship areas: 

  • Accounting
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Cultural exchange
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Federal agencies
  • Foreign policy
  • Information technology
  • International commerce
  • Law and criminal justice
  • Lobbying
  • National security
  • Nonprofit
  • Politics
  • Public administration
  • Science and health


Fall Program Costs (click here)
Summer Program Costs (click here)