University Relations

The Washington Experience

Michigan Tech students are encouraged to create the future through applying their skills and knowledge. The Washington Experience program provides students with the opportunity to leverage their skills in out nation's capital and explore their passions through internships and seminars. Michigan Tech is partnering with The Washington Center (TWC) to provide structured FALL, SPRING, or SUMMER semesters in Washington D.C.

The Washington Center Program

 Academic Program (12 credits)

    • Internship Experience (6 credits)
      • Work with TWC staff to arrange an internship with an agency, NGO, or legislative office of interest. Most interns work 30 hours per week (Monday-Thursday).
    • LEAD Colloquium (3 credits)

    • Elective (3 credits)

      • Choose from a variety of electives in policy, history, civic engagement, and other areas that fit your interests and degree program.


  • Guaranteed accommodation's in one of the multiple shared housing complexes in downtown D.S. Quick and easy access to transportation and community living environment for interacting with your fellow interns.


  • Program fees are built into the cost of one semester in-state tuition at Michigan Tech
  • Scholarships are available from Michigan Tech (through program application) and TWC.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have completed 30 credits or above during the term of the internship
  • All majors are eligible
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A F-1 or J-1 visa that is valid through at least the last day of the program


  • Fall 2018 - April 18th, 2018
  • Spring 2019 - October 17th, 2018
  • Summer 2019 - February 20th, 2019

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14 Floors - Washington D.C.

Sunday, March 10th - Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Washington Experience has teamed up with 14 Floors, Michigan Tech’s premier entrepreneurial spring break experience, to create an immersion for potential careers in policy in our nation's capital.  The goal of 14 Floors is to provide rich experiences for students in key geographic regions, foster entrepreneurial skill sets, help sustain a local ecosystem of innovation, and engage key alumni as mentors and advisors for students.  These goals are currently met through a spring break experience in Silicon Valley and through additional on-campus seminars with alumni entrepreneurs and mentors. These same skill sets are needed to have a successful career in policy.  The 14 Floors – Washington D.C. spring break experience will allow students to explore careers in federal agencies, global non-profits, and Capitol Hill.  Students will have the chance to engage with alumni working and living in D.C., describing the challenges and rewards in their careers.  

Why Washington D.C.?

Washington D.C. is the center for United States public policy and global headquarters for many of the world’s policy-making entities. Michigan Tech’s vision is to lead as a global technological university that inspires students, advances knowledge, and innovates to create a just, prosperous, and sustainable world. There is a need to for Michigan Tech’s best and brightest student leaders to experience and consider careers in and around public policy.

 What will students do on trip?

Led by Michigan Tech Director of Federal Relations and the Department of Social Sciences, students will explore a variety of career opportunities within federal agencies, Congress, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and start-up companies. The trip is completed with a visit to The Washington Center, a partner of Michigan Tech’s Washington Experience program. In addition to experiential learning with these organizations and programs, students will have the opportunity to meet with D.C. area alumni and have ample time to explore the historic and beautiful city.

 What is the cost?

Students are required to provide $200 which covers:

  • Transportation including flight to Reagan National Airport (DCA)
  • Hotel Room (2 students per room)
  • All meals for the week

 Registration Information

  • Eligibility – must be currently enrolled undergraduate student
  • Deadline to register is December 31, 2018
  • For more information please contact Brent Burns at or 906-487-3674.


Capitol Hill Internship Program

In addition to the structured partnership with The Washington Center, Michigan Tech can assist you in your application for other summer and semester based internship programs throughout Washington D.C., including potentially providing stipends, as most internships are unpaid. If you plan on applying directly to a congressional office, please contact our office for assistance.

Congressional Internships Deadlines
House of Representatives
Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1st District) Ongoing Applications
Representative John Moolenaar (MI-4th District) Ongoing Applications
Senator Gary Peters Ongoing Applications
Senator Debbie Stabenow Ongoing Applications