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 (Fall/Spring 15 credits - Summer 10 credits)

    • SS4920 - Internship Experience (6-9 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).
    • SS4921 - Washington Experience Seminar - LEAD Colloquium (2-3 credits)

    • Elective (2-3 credits)


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

Student Billing & Costs

  • All students who participate in Fall or Spring will be charged a semester of their regular tuition rate (in/out of state, lower/upper level, etc.) plus Washington Center housing fee. (Select students will receive a fellowship to reduce the overall cost of attending The Washington Center Experience.) As full-time Michigan Tech students - all financial aid applies.
  • All students who participate in Summer will register for 10 credits at their regular tuition rate (in/out of state, lower/upper level, etc.) and be charged a Washington Center housing fee. As of now, no planned additional fellowships from Michigan Tech are provided for summer.
  • Scholarships are available from Michigan Tech (through program application) and TWC.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Michigan Technological University
  • Be a sophomore or above while participating in the program and have completed at least two semesters on campus by the start of our program
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have approval from your campus liaison
  • A F-1 or J-1 visa that is valid through at least the last day of the program

Application Process

  • Step 1: Apply directly to the The Washington Center with all materials (including resume, statement of interest, issues essay, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation). Visit their website for more details or to apply
  • Step 2: Receive approval from Michigan Tech liaison, Professor Susanna Peters, Department of Social Sciences
  • Step 3: Receive acceptance into program from The Washington Center
  • Step 4: Once selected, students will register for Michigan Tech courses listed above. All student billing/interactions and course registration occurs through Michigan Tech
  • Step 5: Begin the process for internship matching, financial aid, and housing through The Washington Center 


  • Program Dates
      Check-In Internship Period Check-Out
    Spring 2019 January 23 January 28 - May 2 May 4
    Summer 2019 June 2 June 4 - August 8 August 10
    Fall 2019 August 28 September 3 - December 5 December 7
  • Application Deadlines
      Priority Regular
    Spring 2019 October 17, 2018 November 14, 2018
    Summer 2019 February 20, 2019 March 13, 2019
    Fall 2019 April 17, 2019 May 15, 2019



For detailed program questions and interest, please contact:
Susanna Peters,
Professor, Department of Social Sciences


Brent Burns,
Director, Federal & Industry Relations

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