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 our 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 (1 credit)
      • 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 (1 credit)
    • Elective (2-3 credits)


  • Guaranteed accommodations 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/Spring/Summer will be charged a semester of their regular tuition rate (in/out of state, lower/upper level, etc.) for 2 credits (SS4920 and SS4921) and required to pay The Washington Center program and housing fees.
  • Scholarships are available through The Washington Center.


  • 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
  • For more details, visit The Washington Center

Application Process

  • Step 1: Apply directly to 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. Students are required to pay The Washington Center Program and Housing Fees through The Washington Center. 
  • Step 5: Begin the process for internship matching, financial aid, and housing through The Washington Center.



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