Washington Community Scholars’ Center
WCSC is a semester-long internship program in DC that provides meaningful work experience and cross-cultural engagement. Get a front-row view of all the action in our nation’s capital.
Apply now for Fall 2013, Spring 2014 or Summer 2014!
White House internships now available through WCSC!
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Why do students join WCSC?
The heart of a semester with WCSC is a professional internship. WCSC faculty and staff consistently find internships that positively influence students’ vocational direction. A semester with WCSC also includes cross-cultural credit, class time, and community living. Students are challenged personally and professionally at the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (formerly known as the Washington Study-Service Year). Our program includes:
Internships for any major
Work part-time at a meaningful internship in any major, including the sciences, the arts, and pre-professional programs. Explore a job field that interests you while contributing to the community. Internship locations include congressional offices, grassroots organizations, for-profit companies, news outlets, museums, schools, health clinics, and more. DC is the unofficial “internship capital of the United States,” so WCSC students often work alongside other students.
Living in an urban culture, students gain free admission to several musical, theater and dance performances during the semester. There are also ample opportunities to explore museums, coffee house poetry readings, and public art and historical walking tours. Students live in a house with up to 14 other WCSC students. Through sharing meals and household responsibilities, students come to know one another and themselves in surprising ways. The newly renovated WCSC house in Brookland, a working-class neighborhood, is easily accessible by Metro rail and bus.
WCSC’s weekly seminar classes focus on social problems, faith issues and urban experiences through reading and writing, the arts, field trips, and group discussion. Guest speakers, internship visits, and history and arts tours are included. For more information about class credits and schedule, click here.
Students may also elect to take a course at one of the following local universities (other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis), with priority given to those who need the credits to meet graduation requirements:
* Trinity University
* University of the District of Columbia
* Corcoran College of Art and Design
* Foreign language courses at the Graduate School of the U.S.D.A.
* Several other colleges available on an as-needed basis