In partnership with The Washington Center (TWC), Samford in D.C. provides undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a semester or summer taking courses and interning in our nation’s capital. For more than three decades, the Washington Center has been a leader in engaged learning, helping more than 50,000 students gain valuable work experience in fields as varied as politics, law, international relations, communications, public service, business and the arts. 

In addition to offering a premiere academic and internship experience, The Washington Center provides apartment-style housing at a new residential facility near Capitol Hill. In this living-learning community, Samford students build personal and professional relationships with peers from around the country and across the globe.

Learn More about The Washington Center Internship Program Experience.

Eligibility & Instructions

Students must be at least second-semester sophomores and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Interested students should first contact their faculty advisor to determine if the program is compatible with their major. If it is, then the following documents must be submitted by the application deadline to bmjohnso@samford.edu.

  • Resume*
  • Statement of Professional Interest of approximately 100 words that broadly describes internship interests, future career goals, skills hoping to be gained, and ways in which you will contribute to your placement site. Please do not specify the name(s) of any particular organization in this statement.

Once you have met with TWC liaisons at Samford, Ms. Dora Ditchfield and Dr. Bryan Johnson, follow the instructions and complete application documents as listed on the How to Apply section of the TWC website.

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*Note that the resume must be critiqued by the CDC prior to submission and with sufficient time for review before the application deadline. The resume should be sent, along with an indication that it is for The Washington Center internships, to Dora Ditchfield at dditchfi@samford.edu.

Application Deadlines

The below dates are the deadlines when the resume and Statement of Professional Interest (mentioned in above section) must be submitted to dditchfi@samford.edu for Samford approval PRIOR to completing to The Washington Center application.

Summer 2021: February 10, 2021*
Fall 2021: April 7, 2021

*Because of more competition for summer internships, we encourage you to meet with the CDC, complete all documents, and apply to TWC as early as possible (even prior to the priority deadline, if possible)

Academic Credit

Summer Semester

Students must register for 10 credit hours at Samford during the summer semester at TWC. Dr. Bryan Johnson and the student’s academic advisor will provide assistance to determine the Samford course most relevant to the academic seminar.

Students will also be expected to participate in a Friday LEAD Colloquium series.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Students must register for 12 credit hours at Samford during the fall or spring semester at TWC. Dr. Bryan Johnson and the student’s academic advisor will provide assistance to determine the Samford course most relevant to the academic seminar.

Students will also be expected to participate in a Friday LEAD Colloquium series.

Cost and Financial Aid

Summer Semester

Students pay Samford tuition for 10 credit hours, as well as housing costs associated with the Washington Center ($4,990). The University will then pay the Washington Center program and housing fees on behalf of the student. Federal financial aid may be applied towards these expenses, but institutional aid is not available. There is also a $60 TWC application fee.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Students will be charged Samford’s full-time tuition and fees for the semester, as well as TWC housing costs ($6,475). For eligible students, Federal financial aid, and up to $6,500 in institutional aid, may be applied towards these Samford charges. The University will then pay the Washington Center program and housing fees on behalf of the student. There is also a $60 TWC application fee.

If student withdraws from the associated Samford classes and the TWC program after accepting placement in an internship, the student is responsible for any TWC-related expense per their “Program Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy” found on the page here. The student may or may not be eligible for Samford tuition refund, in accordance with Samford’s standard refund policy.

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