The Washington Center Internships

The Washington Center Internship Program

The Washington Center
(TWC) provides immersive internships and academic seminars to students from hundreds of colleges and universities and young professionals from across the U.S. and more than twenty-five countries. The University of Memphis has established a partnership with TWC for Internships and Academic Seminars that provides a unique opportunity for students to work and study in our nation's capital.  

Program Overview

Transform your major into a career while living, working and learning with a Washington, D.C. internship. The Washington Center (TWC) will help you land a project based internship, in which you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to meet your academic and professional goals. The Washington Center will provide the guidance and support you need to succeed. Best of all you'll share this amazing experience with a close-knit, vibrant community of fellow student interns from around the world. 

As the largest, most established program of its kind, the TWC has 90 dedicated, full-time staff and more than 600 higher education, corporate, government, foundation and internship host partners. The Washington Center is an independent, not-for-profit, and committed to providing transformative educational experiences.


Participants work full time Monday through Thursday at their internship, with goal of doing real meaningful work and as part of the team. The Washington Center (TWC) works with over 600 intern host partners and will assist partcipants in sorting through internship options and connect you with a placement that best fit your interests, skills and professional goals. 

Sample Internship Placements >

Evening Course

As part of the program, participants take an evening course. Students can choose their course from a wide range of options. All courses meet for three hours one night, Monday through Thursday. In many cases, they have a direct relationship to the work you're doing throughout the week and range from politics and business to international affairs and communications.

TWC Course Guide >

LEAD Colloquium

Every Friday, participants attend the LEAD Colloquium. Through special activities, one-on-one advising with your LEAD instructor, and small group discussions with fellow TWC interns, participants will contextualize the knowledge and skills developed through the internship and apply it toward a successful plan for life after college. During LEAD Colloquium participants further develop your professional identity, make lasting connections and learn how to navigate the professional workplace. 


Throughout the program, participants build a portfolio that showcases what they've learned and documents their professional journey.

Academic Credit

Participants are encouraged to work with their academic department to determine eligibility for academic credit. It is highly recommended that you communicate with your academic department/faculty internship coordinator before accepting an internship offer to ensure proper credit.

For the Washington Center Program, an example of registration  for the semester may look like (but not limited to) the following:

Major Specific Internship Course or ELC 4000 (Community Internship) – 3 credits
UNHP 4900 - Honors Special Project (Washington Center Course) – 3 credits
POLS 3XXX (Special Topics) – 3 credits
POLS 4XXX (Online Course) – 3 credits 

Program Costs

Students are responsible for all related costs including, but not limited to, program, housing, travel, meals and incidentals. 

Fee Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022
Application Fee $60 $60 $60
Program Fee $9,415 $7,100 $9,415
Housing Fee $6,570 $4,990 $6,570

Scholarships & Financial Aid

University of Memphis Funding

All UofM financial aid arrangements (Hope Scholarship, University scholarships, etc.) remain in effect while participating in the Washington Center Program (TWC).

Tennessee State Scholarship

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) offers a scholarship of $7,500 towards the TWC program fee. All applicants who submit a complete program application by the deadline will automatically be considered for the THEC scholarship. 

The Washington Center Scholarships

A housing scholarship of $1,000 from The Washington Center (TWC) is available for UofM students, contingent upon students staying in TWC housing. Additional scholarship opportunities are available to students from TWC and private donors.

Here are a few details about TWC and private scholarships:

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements for a competitive award, we will automatically consider you - no extra application necessary.
  • Some of the awards are offered directly by TWC and others come from private donors. Eligibility requirements vary by award.
  • If you receive an award that is privately funded, you may be asked to attend special events or take part in activities with the donor(s).
  • Most scholarships are not cumulative, meaning you’ll receive the largest award for which you qualify. 
  • If you have questions about scholarships, or a particular need that you’d like to discuss, please contact us at info@twc.edu to be connected with your Admissions Counselor.

Browse Scholarship Opportunities >


Students with the Washington Center are guarantee centrally located housing in Washington, D.C. at the Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) or one of a partner building nearby. 

The Residential & Academic Facility (RAF)

Participants will likely live in a two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment with three other interns. Each participant will share a bedroom and a bathroom with one other student, along with your kitchen, living and dining area with your two other roommates. Apartments are fully furnished with a bed and dresser for each student, living room and dining room furnishings, washer/dryer and dishwasher in unit, and even pots, pans and cutlery already stocked in the kitchen cabinets. You’ll also find a vacuum cleaner, mop, iron and ironing board, and other daily essentials you might struggle to fit in your suitcase. If there’s something extra you may need, you’ll be walking distances from several grocery stores and a Wal-Mart.

Within the RAF building, there is a full gym with cardio and weight-lifting equipment, a business center with computers and printers, and lounges available for studying, relaxing, or catching up with your fellow interns.

The RAF is also TWC’s primary academic building where evening courses and LEAD programming is held.

Program Dates

Term  Check-In Internship Period Check-Out
Summer 2022 June 1 June 7 - August 5 August 6
Fall 2022 August 24 August 30 - December 2 December 3


The Washington Center (TWC) internship is open to all current University of Memphis (UofM) students who meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Memphis
    • Graduate students are not eligible for this program
  • Be a sophomore or above while participating in the program and have completed at least two semesters on campus by the start of our program
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 
  • Have approval from campus liaison 

Application Process

The Washington Center (TWC) internship program is a two-step process:

  1. Review of application documents by the TWC Campus Liaison (Honors College)
  2. Submission of the official TWC online application and program admission by TWC 

Upon completion of application documents by the TWC Campus Liaison, you will be informed to complete the official TWC online application. TWC will then conduct their review of your materials and notify you of their decision.

Priority Campus Deadlines

Term Priority Campus Deadline
Summer 2021 February 10, 2022
Fall 2022 April 1, 2022

Step One: Submit to Campus Liaison 

University of Memphis students must submit the following application materials to the online campus application before submitting the final application to The Washington Center.

  • One-Page Professional Resume (self-generated): Include a one-page resume that outlines your educational background, honors or recognitions, work experience, leadership activities, special skills, travel interests, etc. Please be sure to include any computer-related expertise or foreign language skills, as well as prior internships and community service activities. Please have your resume reviewed by Career Services.
  • Unofficial Transcript: An unofficial copy of your transcript must be included with your application materials. You can obtain an unofficial transcript by printing it from your myMemphis account.

  • Statement of Professional Interest (self-generated): In approximately 100 words, describe your preferred internship experience and how it relates to your career goals. Please do not specify the name(s) of any particular organization in this statement.

  • Writing Sample (Issues Essay): Compose an essay or use an excerpt from a previous essay of approximately 500 words to be used as a writing sample. This provides you with an opportunity to reflect on a key issue you may wish to be engaged with during your internship and demonstrate your written communication skills to UofM, TWC and prospective internship site supervisors. Ensure that your essay is relevant to the professional field in which you wish to intern and includes your personal opinion on the issue discussed.

  • Academic Advisor Feedback (optional): Work with your academic advisor to discuss relevant courses for the credits you will earn as a participant in TWC.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation: When you submit your application to The Washington Center, you will only need to provide the name and contact information for two professional recommenders. TWC will contact these individuals via e-mail and ask them to provide letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be from a UofM faculty member, while the other may be from another professional recommender. TWC suggests that neither letter come from a family member or friend of a personal nature nor from a high school reference or earlier.
Campus Application >

Step Two: Official TWC Online Application to The Washington Center

Following approval from the Campus Liaison, complete the official online TWC application. For that step, you will upload reviewed/approved documents reviewed above. 

  1. Statement of Professional Interest

  2. Writing Sample (Issues Essay)

  3. Resumé

  4. Official Transcript
    • Official transcripts can be uploaded or mailed. Before uploading your transcript, you must use “white-out” or correction tape (not a Sharpie) to conceal your social security number. The transcript should be scanned in color and needs to be official. TWC cannot accept an unofficial copy.

    • If you prefer to mail, you will need to have an official transcript sent to The Washington Center:

      The Washington Center
      ATTN: Enrollment Services
      1333 16th Street, NW
      Washington, D.C. 20036 

  5. Letters of Recommendation
    • When you submit your application to The Washington Center, you will only need to provide the name and contact information for two professional recommenders. TWC will contact these individuals via e-mail and ask them to provide letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be from a UofM faculty member, while the other may be from another professional recommender. TWC suggests that neither letter come from a family member or friend of a personal nature nor from a high school reference or earlier.

  6.  Application Fee Waiver Code
    • Generally an application fee waiver code is available. Contact the Campus Liaison for details.

Campus Liason 

For more information or to schedule an appointment about The Washington Center please contact a member of the Honors College Staff >