Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
Washington Learning Program

The Application Process

We recruit each spring for the upcoming academic year. Fall 2016 interns have been selected, and we have a good group for Spring 2017 as well. Students who might be interested in participating in the Spring 2017 semester will still be welcomed, but need to contact us by late August 2016.

Here are the steps students take to find out about the DC Program and apply for it.

All juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for the DC Program. If you are interested in applying but do not meet these requirements, please contact the DC Program office.

  1. Meet with your academic advisor and decide which semester would be best for you to spend in DC.
  2. Attend a DC Program Informational Meeting. Two meetings are held each semester. You can find out the dates of the DC Program Info meetings by looking at the top of this page. If the information is not posted, please contact the DC Program office.
  3. If you would like to participate in the DC program, but you cannot attend a meeting, please contact us as soon as possible so that you can begin your application.
  4. We maintain an active listserv for the DC program. If you attend an information system, you will automatically be added to it. If you have not attended a session and would like to be included on informational e-mails, please contact us.

The Remaining Steps Should Not Be Taken Until You Know For Certain When You Are Applying To The DC Program.

  • Students apply to the DC program the spring semester prior to the academic year they will spend in DC. For example, if a student wishes to spend Spring 2017 in DC, he/she starts the application process during the Spring 2016 semester. It is possible that we could still enroll a Spring 2017 student in the Fall 2016 semester, but you will have access to considerably more internships by planning ahead. Application materials are available to download below. If the student will be abroad during the Spring semester, they should contact the DC program to discuss the timeline for applying. The DC Program application consists of:
  1. Application Form (Word)
    Employer/Faculty Recommendation Guidelines (PDF)
    Resume (PDF)
    Personal Statement (PDF)

  • Attend one of the DC Program informational meetings the semester prior to the one you want to spend in DC - even if you have already been to one of them. Attending one of the informational meetings the semester prior to when you want to participate ensures that you have the most current information. Applications will be available at the meetings. 
  • Submit a completed application package by the application deadline to the DC Program office.
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will be scheduled for a meeting to discuss your academic and career interests, and possible internship sites in DC with Dr. Judi Morrel, our DC Coordinator. We will contact you to schedule your interview. You must meet with Dr. Morrel in order to be considered for the DC Program.
  • Check your email to find out if you have been accepted into the DC Program. Emails are usually mailed one week after the interviews. Those accepted into the DC Program will receive further instructions regarding registration procedures. If accepted into the program, you do not register for classes with your advisor. A meeting will be held to go over registration procedures.