Program Overview

The Washington Center's Three-Part Program: More Than Just an Internship!

Full Time Internship: INCO 682-I

    • Students interview with internship sites according to their interests and career goals, then choose from those that offer internships.
    • Interns work full time, 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday
    • All are guaranteed to be >80% substantive work!
    • Check out our list of sample placements.
    The LEAD Colloquium: INCO 682-A
    • All students participate in Friday programming helping you make the transition from academic to professional, in the form of academic enrichment, lectures, professional development, guest speakers, and reflection--all of which leads to the completion of an academic portfolio.
    • This is the seminar that, when paired with the internship, makes the experience worthy of UNH academic credit.  
    One Evening Class: Independent study 
    • Students are required to enroll in one TWC evening course.  There are over a dozen to choose from.
    • All courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 participants.
    • TWC employs highly qualified faculty to teach these upper-level, seminar-style courses.
    • UNH awards four credits for this class; students may work with UNH faculty to determine if the course can satisfy a major or minor requirement.


    • 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.
    • Beginning in Fall 2019, all TWC courses are for letter grades and are calculated into your UNH GPA.
    • Fall or spring semester provide a total of 16 credits (8 for the internship, 4 for LEAD seminar, 4 for the evening class). Summer session, which is just 10 weeks long, is 12 credits (4 for the internship, 4 for LEAD seminar, 4 for the evening class). For a great comparison of summer to the academic year experience, visit this page.


    • Students pay their usual UNH tuition and fees (a few fees are dropped)
    • Housing is billed from and paid directly to The Washington Center, for those who choose to live in their housing, which we strongly recommend.
    • Financial aid is applied for and received from UNH.
    • Some financial assistance may be awarded by TWC, 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.

    HousingDC Metro Map

    • The Washington Center guarantees its interns housing.
    • These facilities are attractive apartments right in the trendy NoMa neighborhood of Washington DC, within walking distance to Union Station and Capitol Hill.
    • 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 systemCapital Bikeshare, shops, restaurants, museums, and grocery stores.
    • Although there are differences among the various housing units, all of them offer the following amenities:
      • Fully-furnished 4-person apartments, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
      • Fully-equipped kitchens with granite countertops and full-sized appliances, including dishwashers and microwave ovens, as well as all cooking and eating utensils
      • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning units
      • Washer and dryer unit in the apartment
      • Vacuum cleaner, plunger, ironing board and iron provided as well
      • Mounted TV on wall, high speed wireless internet access