UNH TWC Program Overview
- Full time internship: Students are referred to placement sites according to their interests and career goals, then choose from those that offer internships. Check out our list of sample placements. Interns work full time, 4 or 4 1/2 days per week. All are guaranteed to be 80% substantive work!
- The Leadership Forum: All students participate in this Monday afternoon seminar, which is a series of events, lectures, embassy visits, projects, and includes completing an academic portfolio. This is the seminar that, when paired with the internship, makes the experience worthy of UNH academic credit.
- One Evening Class: Students are required to enroll in one evening course. TWC employs faculty from local colleges and well establised professionals to teach a variety of courses. UNH awards four credits for this class.
Students remain enrolled at, and receive academic credit from UNH. Credit is awarded based on an evaluation performed by The Washington Center staff, the internship site supervisor, TWC faculty, UNH campus liaison, and UNH faculty sponsor. Fall or spring semester provide a total of 16 credits (12 for the internship and seminar, 4 for the evening class). Summer session, which is just 10 weeks long, is 12 credits (8 for the internship/seminar and 4 for the evening class). For a great comparison of summer to the academic year experience, visit this page.
Students pay tuition and some fees to UNH. Housing is billed from and paid directly to The Washington Center, for those who choose to live there. Financial aid is applied for and received from UNH. Some financial assistance may be available in the form of awards to defray part of the cost of TWC housing. Outside sources of funding may be available for qualifying student (such as The New Hampshire State Society, or the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Scholarship). Students may also utilize NHEAF loans and other educational resources to pay for TWC.
The Washington Center guarantees its interns housing and provides them some of the finest housing available. These facilities provide attractive apartments right in Washington DC, as well as in Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland.
You'll share your apartment with other TWC interns from all over the US and the world. You'll have access to Washington's Metro subway system, shops, restaurants, and grocery stores.
Although there are differences among the various housing units, most of them offer the following amenities:
- Large, furnished 4-person apartments
- Fully-equipped kitchens with granite countertops and all appliances including dishwashers and microwave ovens, as well as cooking and eating utensils
- Individually controlled heating and air conditioning units
- Washer and dryer unit in the apartment
- High speed wireless internet access
- Flatscreen TV mounted on the wall with basic cable service
- Student Life Staff, including Alumni in Residence, and 24-hour front desk coverage or security staff
- On-site fitness center