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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.

Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester. For 2013-2014, this is $27,210.

  • Includes: Tuition, administration, double studio (Berkshire Apartments) or double (WISH) and meals
  • Does not include: airfare to/from DC, local transportation, books, international field study and associated costs
  • Credit on Student Account:  In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, students will receive a credit on the Student Account to supplement on-site transportation and meal costs for commuting to the internship. This credit will be applied against the balance owed on the account. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Estimated Additional Costs Not Included in the Comprehensive Program Fee:

  • Airfare to/from DC: Costs will vary
  • Personal expenses, on-site transportation, and course materials: Estimated at $1000
  • International Field Study: Costs will vary but are estimated around $5000
  • Souvenirs, entertainment, and independent travel: Costs will vary

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: Must have started internship/contracts due to internship faculty
  • Oct 10: Fall Break (no classes)
  • Nov 26-Nov 30: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 5: Last day of classes & internships
  • Dec 10: Study Day
  • Dec 11-15: Final Examinations
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