Emerson College: Washington, D.C. - The Washington Center

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Qualified juniors and seniors may enroll for one semester of study during the fall term only at Emerson's newest external program, the Emerson Washington Program. This residential program offers students the opportunity to spend a fall semester in... read more

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My internship was amazing and I learned a lot, but the Washington Center programming was not very interesting and/or helpful for my future career goals. - Emerson College View Entire Review
Yes, the programs provided by TWC were pointless because they catered to the lowest common denominator so those of us who already knew how to write a resume or cover letter found ourselves bored at times, but the friends I found and the experiences I decided to seek on my own were amazing. - Emerson College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, my preferences, my goals, etc. It was absolutely worthwhile and I have no regrets coming to D.C. in general, but I would not choose to go through the Washington Center again. Their classes were not worth the money, and their faculty was often not helpful. - Emerson College View Entire Review
I was able to professionally mature in an engaging, cooperative environment. - Emerson College View Entire Review
My experience in D.C. is something that I will never forget. I made an amazing connection with my roommates, and I know that I will remain friends with them for the rest of my life. Living with international students taught me invaluable lessons on culture, family, future goals -- and most importantly -- myself. I had an amazing... - Emerson College View Entire Review
I gained great contacts from my internship, and a great experience. - Emerson College View Entire Review
I loved this experience. It taught me how to behave in a work environment and provided experiences I couldn't have found anywhere else. I also was able to earn a second internship with the same internship site for when I returned to Boston. The program really helped me to focus in on what I would like to do after graduation. View Entire Review


Qualified juniors and seniors may enroll for one semester of study during the fall term only at Emerson's newest external program, the Emerson Washington Program. This residential program offers students the opportunity to spend a fall semester in Washington, D.C., focused on the issues and process of government and politics, the role of communication in developing and implementing public policy, and how social advocacy and diplomacy are practiced in the nation's capital. Emerson College has affiliated with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent, nonprofit educational organization located five blocks north of the White House and one block north of Scott Circle. The Washington Center serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest such program, with more than 60 full-time staff, The Washington Center has over 36,000 alumni, leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. Student housing [mandatory] is located in professional-style apartment buildings, most of which are in suburban Maryland and the Arlington and Alexandria areas of Northern Virginia, and easily accessible by mass transit. 8 internship credits at a site chosen for your specific goals and interests anchor a semester schedule which includes a full course load of 16 credits. Students may count up to eight credits of internship toward the major requirements. Only juniors and seniors with a current 2.7 GPA are eligible. No more than eight credits of internship and no more than 12 credits of internship, directed project and directed study may be applied to the total graduation requirements. Marrying theory and practice while using Washington, D.C. as a laboratory for learning, this schedule also keeps you on track for graduation. Internships are available in the social advocacy, government, political, and media and technology arenas. The program is geared toward students in the Communication Studies department; however, juniors and seniors from other majors, including Journalism, Marketing, and Communication Disorders may also apply. The courses offered are designed for the Communication Studies major in leadership, politics, and social advocacy but may be applied to other majors with permission of the appropriate department chair. Students from majors other than Communication Studies may want to meet with the Department Chair, Richard West, before meeting with their own department chairs. All rules concerning internships apply to this program, including the minimum required grade point average of 2.7 and junior standing.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, Applied Communication
  • International Relations
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