The Washington Center

Experience Transforms: Live, work, and learn in Washington, DC!

Through The Washington Center (TWC), Saint Joseph’s University offers semester-long and summer internships in Washington DC.  As a national and international capital, DC provides resources and opportunities unlike anywhere else. A natural setting for studying the political process, DC is also home to hundreds of major corporations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, advocacy groups, and agencies. There are numerous opportunities for students in all majors, including positions in the media, the arts, education, business, science, international affairs, the environment, health care, and more.

A semester or summer at TWC provides students the opportunity to work in dozens of fields in private, public, and non-profit organizations and allows SJU students to gain valuable career experience while remaining full-time students.  The program is open to all majors and disciplines, and students are able to choose from seven different professional tracks that cater to their interest and career aspirations:

  • Advocacy, Service & Arts
  • Business & Global Trade
  • International Affairs
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Media & Communications
  • Politics & Public Policy
  • Science, Technology & Society

Recent SJU Student Internship Placements

The State Department, Pan American Health Organization Foundation, Center for Security Policy, Department of the Interior, Federal Trade Commission,  Peace Corp, Metropolitan Police Department, Amnesty International, and many private law firms, think tanks, lobbying firms, congressional offices, and more!

To Learn More about The Washington Center Internship Program at SJU

Important Dates

  • Spring 2018: Priority – October 11, 2017; Regular – November 15, 2017.
  • Summer 2018: Priority – February 21, 2018; Regular – March 14, 2018.
  • Fall 2018: Priority – April 18, 2018; Regular – May 16, 2018.

Plan early! All applicants must meet with the SJU TWC Liaison in advance of filling out the application, to review all aspects of the application process, including reviewing drafts of your resume, writing sample, and statement. Students must also provide an official transcript from all colleges attended.

NOTE: Early Application is only for placements that require security clearances, and possibly a few other sites. Some examples are the U.S. Depts. of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, federal law enforcement agencies. All other applicants are encouraged to adhere to the Regular Deadline. Visit the TWC page regarding programs that have early application deadlines to see which organizations require early submission of materials.