Centre-in-Washington Internship Program

DC Centre students at the 2010 "Rally to Restore Sanity," hosted
by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

DC When they're not busy with internships and class, students
enjoy visits to the Washington Monument (above) and DC's
other famous landmarks.

Fall 2014 and Spring 2015


Partnering with Butler University, Centre will send students in the fall and spring to the nation's capital, where they will complete internships and take courses that focus on the art and architecture of Washington and U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.

Students work a regular workday (often 9 to 5) Mondays through Thursdays. For this, students receive six hours of P/F internship credit, the maximum currently allowed at Centre. Occasionally, an internship will be paid—though you should not count on that.

Internship opportunities are available in a wide array of fields: Butler students who have participated in the program have interned with the Speaker and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and CNN; the Holocaust and Air and Space Museums; Amnesty International and the Organization of American States; more than 20 Senators from both parties; the United Nations Foundation; the Pentagon, State Department, and Agency for International Development; the National Rehabilitation Center; and many law firms, think tanks and advocacy groups.

Location. Students live in apartment suites in a handsome older building on Connecticut Avenue, N.W., run by W.I.S.H. (Washington Internship Student Housing). This ideal location is a five-minute walk to the Woodley Park/Zoo stop on the Metro Red Line, and thus a short subway ride away from all major residential, governmental, and commercial areas in and around Washington. It is within walking distance of the gentrified Adams-Morgan area.

Eligibility. All rising Centre juniors or seniors in good standing are invited to apply. Students can take part in both the Washington program and a long-term study abroad trip (as well as CentreTerm study abroad trips).

Housing in Washington DC. A suite houses six students and consists of three furnished bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a common area. The building has central air, laundry facilities, classrooms, computer labs, internet hook-ups, and 24/7 security. Two full-time RA's live in the building. No alcohol and no overnight guests are allowed.

Courses. Students take two three-hour courses: one in the Art and Architecture of Washington and the other in U.S. Foreign Policy & International Affairs. These meet in the evenings, with field trips and other meetings on some weekends.

Students also take three "Washington Weekend Seminars." These are one-hour, P/F courses on specific topics in and around Washington. They are taught by faculty members from Centre and Butler University who fly in to hold class Thursday evening with further discussion and site visits on Saturday and Sunday morning. They have been very popular with students in the past, covering Political Polling, International Sports Marketing, the Federal War on Drugs, the Declaration of Independence, the History of the Holocaust Museum, the World after 9/11, US-Russian Relations, etc.

Cost. Students pay a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge, a $1,200 fee that covers about half the extra housing expense in Washington, and their expenses of getting to Washington. Accepted students will not pay the usual "board" fee (part of room-and-board) for the semester they're in DC and will instead use that money for their meals and transportation in DC.

How to Apply. Application and faculty recommendation forms may be picked up at one of the campus-wide informational meetings on November 19, November 25, or January 8—or on the bookshelf in the Davidson Room of Old Carnegie. Turn in your completed application at the study abroad office no later than noon on February 6. Students who are selected must pay the non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier's Office in Boles Hall by March 4 to hold their spot in the program.

Statement about Grades Abroad/Away. The grades that Centre students studying abroad or away have received in the past have been consistent with, or even a bit higher than, grades received on campus. Nevertheless, we want to make certain that you understand from the outset that the courses you take abroad/away will not necessarily be taught or evaluated as they would be at Centre. In the past, some abroad/away students have complained—after the fact—that it was unclear how their work was being evaluated, that they received little or no feedback of their progress from the professors, that they were unfairly competing with more advanced students, that they didn't receive their grades until months after they returned, etc. We will, of course, do what we can to advise you on courses you take, but finally you are responsible for those choices, and you must live with the results. The faculty committee on curriculum and academic standards will almost certainly not agree to change an abroad grade because you believe it is too low.

Psychotropic Medication and Counseling. The kind of counseling and support services available on campus are not available off-campus. Because any significant life transition can exacerbate and complicate already existing mental health issues, we encourage students who are currently on psychotropic medication and/or have been in mental health counseling to first consider participating in the three-week Summer Strasbourg program or a CentreTerm course abroad if they are fully confident they can do so without difficulty. Whenever they study abroad or away, those students are urged to meet with a Centre Student Assistance Program counselor prior to their leaving to develop a support plan for their time abroad.

Pre-Registration / Convocation Credits While in DC, you pre-register for future courses via e-mail with your regular academic advisor. You will automatically be credited with six convocation credits during your term abroad.