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Washington Semester Internship Program

The Washington Semester Program lets students intern in Washington while taking seminars with guest speakers from the realms of foreign and domestic politics, law and jurisprudence, international business and trade, journalism, economic policy, peace and conflict resolution, and more. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Students must receive the endorsement and recommendation from Dr. Gunter in the Political Science Department. 

Location: The extraordinary city of Washington, D.C. is what makes this once-in-a-lifetime program possible. We draw from the bountiful sources D.C. has to offer to provide you with this interactive learning opportunity. D.C. lets you learn through living. Students come to D.C for the internship but they soon realize that this city is far more than just the power capital. It is beautiful and full of art and culture, outdoor activities, national monuments, historic scenes, and interesting people. The city is brimming with energy and sports a charm all its own. In fact, our students grow so fond of D.C., many of them return after graduation.


Program Costs:

  • Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.  For 2014-2015 this is $28,275.
  • Includes: Tuition and program administration, accommodation: double studio (Berkshire Apartments) or double (WISH), internship placement, complete medical and emergency insurance, and orientation.
  • Does not include:.
    • Airfare from Orlando: Estimated at $300
    • On-site transportation: $30-40 per week
    • International Field Study (if desired): Costs will vary but are estimated around $5000
    • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1000-$2000
  • Discount on Student Account: In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund. 
  • Need-Based Scholarships: scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.



Fall 2014 Calendar

  • Aug 20: Students move-in/pick up orientation info/student IDs
  • Aug 21: Mandatory orientation/meet faculty
  • Aug 22: Meetings may be scheduled
  • Aug 25: Internship Bazaar (morning)/Classes begin (afternoon)
  • Sept 1: Holiday (no classes)
  • Sept 10: Begin internship
  • Oct 10: Fall Break (no classes)
  • Oct 17: Last day to change a grade option
  • Nov 26-Nov 30: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 5: Last day of classes/internships
  • Dec 8-15: Final Examinations
  • Dec 9: WSP Reception
  • Dec 10: Study Day
  • Dec 16: Move out
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