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The Washington Center Semester
Washington D.C., United States (Outgoing Program)
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|Program Type:||Semester program||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Prerequisite:||One of the following: GLS 100, GLS 102, GLS 105||Housing:||Dormitory/Residence|
|Program Advisor:||Trish Foster||Program Category:||Affiliate|
|Internship Available:||Yes||GPA Requirement:||3.0|
|Recommended Courses:||EC 112 and one of the following: GLS 205, GLS 225, GLS 230|
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The Washington Center
The Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. TWC was founded in 1975 and has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni. TWC alumni hold positions in virtually every career field, including law, education, social work, medicine, journalism, diplomacy, business and politics.
As both a national and international capital, Washington, D.C. is a unique city, providing resources and opportunities unlike anyplace else. Washington is the center of US government, but also home to hundreds of corporations, not-for-profit organizations, agencies, trade associations, consulting firms, law firms, advocacy groups, and agencies. Culture and entertainment abound, and visitors and residents alike quickly become spoiled by the abundance of free and reasonably priced cultural and entertainment opportunities, including museums, art galleries, stunning monuments, beautiful parks, running and biking trails, and even The National Zoo, home of the beloved pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian! The city is a natural hub for students and young professionals. Washington D.C.’s subway system, called The Metro, provides ultra-clean, safe, and extensive rapid transit service throughout the city and its suburbs.
The Bentley TWC semester is designed to meet the needs of Bentley students with an academic and professional interest in public policy and related fields. The program embodies TWC's belief that program participants should become well-informed, public-spirited, and socially engaged leaders. If you spend a semester at TWC, you will participate in a 6-credit internship, a 3-credit academic course, and a 3-credit leadership forum, obtaining 12 credits for the term.
Each internship is tailored to provide meaningful work experience that will enhance students’ resumes and help launch their careers. This program component consists of semester-long integrated academic and work experiences in government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Internship locations are selected based on the student's area of interest (e.g., law and criminal justice; science and policy; media and communication; advocacy, service and arts; and business and information technology). You will work with Bentley advisors and TWC representatives to identify internship opportunities, and select your final internship location from all offers received following telephone interviews with the organizations of interest. Bentley students receive 6 credits (equivalent to two 3-credit courses) for a semester internship.
As part of your term at TWC, you will enroll in one evening course,which will be scheduled around your internship commitment. TWC employs faculty from local colleges and well-credentialed professionals to teach its courses. An example of the kinds of courses that would be offered during your term can be found here: TWC Sample Courses.pdf. Bentley students receive 3 credits per course.
The Leadership Forum enhances the internship experience by strengthening your skills, broadening your understanding of issues, and building your professional confidence. Complementing both the internship and academic course, it is comprised of a variety of activities and assignments chosen to help you expand and enrich your academic and professional knowledge through complimentary experience and critical reflection. Through the Leadership Forum, you will listen to and engage with distinguished speakers, including current and former cabinet members, ambassadors, journalists, members of Congress, business representatives, and other leaders. Bentley students receive 3 credits for their engagement in the Leadership Forum.
You will share an apartment with other TWC interns in either The Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa near Capitol Hill or The Residential Facility at Solaire in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland. Both living options are located near a Metro station (Washington, D.C.'s state-of-the-art subway system). Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioners, kitchens, laundry, and either 24-hour front desk coverage or secured building access. In either location, you will meet people from the US and throughout the world and participate in a variety of social activities, trips, and adventures with peers. Although students live independently, a staff of Student Services professionals and Alumni in Residence for each building can provide assistance. Support is available 24 hours a day in case of emergency.
Bentley juniors and seniors are eligible for the TWC program. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must take ONE of the following courses in order to be eligible for TWC: GLS100, GLS102, or GLS105. Courses strongly recommended before applying are EC112 and ONE of the following Public Policy courses: GLS230, GLS205, GLS225. Placement in an internship is largely dependent on the prior coursework, background, and interests of the student. Therefore, students with greater preparation and more advanced coursework will be more likely to obtain a valuable internship.