Gain experience with vocational development, group living, and coursework on urban topics in the cross-cultural context of Washington, DC!
Vocational Development: 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, making connections and developing friendships that often last a lifetime.
Top recent internships in D.C.
- Political advocacy on Capitol Hill
- Graphic design at NASA
- Biophysics and molecular physiology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Psychological research and policy at the American Psychological Association (APA)
- Event coordinating and assisting with programming alongside adults with disabilities at L’Arche Greater Washington
- Assisting women experiencing homelessness at N Street Village
- Assisting with peace camps for children at Little Friends for Peace
- Supporting recent immigrants at CASA de Maryland
Community living in an urban culture
Students live in a house with up to 14 other WCSC students. Through sharing meals and household responsibilities as well as exploring the city and engaging in classes together, students come to know one another and themselves in surprising ways. The WCSC house, located in the residential Brookland neighborhood is easily accessible by Metro rail and bus.
Weekly seminar classes
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.
Students may also take a course at a local university, with priority given to those who need the credits to meet graduation requirements.
Local university options:
- Trinity University
- Howard University
- University of the District of Columbia
- Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University
- Foreign language courses at the Graduate School USA
- Several other colleges available on an as-needed basis
Urban cross-cultural context
Earn cross-cultural credit through immersing yourself into the urban environment of Washington, DC. Build your intercultural communication skills through your internship and as you explore the city and its neighborhoods. Discover the unique and colorful restaurants, parks, museums, performances, and people that make this city rich and surprising. Have an urban adventure with WCSC!