One internship program to consider for the spring or fall semester is The Washington Center (TWC). In economic terms, a full-time internship through TWC is an excellent option. Students pay Villanova tuition (no room & board) and TWC provides housing(students are responsible for travel and food). There are also stipends available for selected placements. Below is an overview of TWC written by Nicole Accurso ’13:
There is no better way to start off your career than with an internship. At The Washington Center (TWC), internships will help you develop the skills needed to succeed in the "real world.” You will build confidence because you will be immersed with professionals. Instead of being assigned insignificant tasks, you will be working among these professionals in whichever field you choose. You will even create a portfolio, in which you will document, analyze, and evaluate each and every experience. Not only will this provide others with details about what you've done, but it will give you satisfaction and a huge sense of accomplishment. By having an internship at The Washington Center, your eyes will open up to the talents you never knew you had. You will be challenged and discover new ways of thinking and communicating.
No matter what your areas of interest are, you can find a program for you at TWC. The programs include Political Leadership, Business and Management, Law and Criminal Justice, Media and Communication, and Advocacy, Service, and Arts, among so many others. Alumni of TWC have leadership positions in virtually every profession. In addition to the actual internship, there is an academic course component. Taking classes that complement your internship gives you the chance to receive college credit and get the most out of the whole experience as possible. TWC is unique in this regard because it integrates academics with real-world experience.
One of the best parts about this program is the fact that it is located in one of the most fascinating cities in the country. Washington, D.C. is an excellent place that combines entertainment with learning and working. TWC houses students in furnished apartments in the heart of D.C., therefore immersing them with people living and working there. A few other benefits of the program include its year-round operation, with fall and spring semesters and even a summer term, and its commitment to giving financial assistance. TWC allows more than 75 percent of interns to receive financial aid. TWC truly tries to make it possible for anyone to be a part of such a wonderful experience. To learn more about TWC, read one of their many brochures, or visit their website at www.twc.edu.