The Washington Center Internships

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers qualified UMass Lowell students the opportunity to work in any one of dozens of fields in private, public and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. TWC’s academic internship program is for students of all majors, including not only the social sciences and humanities, but also engineering, science, math, the fine arts and health scinces. Successful completion of a fall or spring semester internship will earn 12 academic credits; successful completion of a summer internship will earn 9 academic credits

Massachusetts resident students with a 3.000 or above GPA may be eligible for a special grant that covers approximately half of TWC’s cost. TWC program fees cover housing and support services during your stay in D.C. More information about this grant is available from the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.

UMass Lowell has worked with TWC for over 10 years and has sent dozens of students to D.C. to participate in its various internship and seminar programs. Founded in 1975 as a nonprofit, independent, experiential education organization, TWC has more than 27,000 alumni worldwide. It has educational partnerships with approximately 850 colleges and universities nationwide and throughout the world, and works with more than 3,000 public, private and nonprofit organizations in the nation’s capital.

The Prospective Students section of The Washington Center website provides information on the type and variety of internships available.

Students of all majors are eligible for The Washington Center (TWC) program. Applicants must possess a GPA of at least 2.750 and have 45 credits at the time of their internship. 

Internships are available in the fall (15 weeks), spring (15 weeks), or summer (10 weeks). All students will receive 12* UMass Lowell academic credits for the successful completion of their internship experience during the fall or spring semesters. Summer semester internships earn 9* UMass Lowell academic credits.

*Students, through their UMass Lowell academic department, may be eligible for an additional three credits.

The University of Massachusetts in collaboration with TWC may provide fellowships/grants to Massachusetts residents who have a 3.000 or above GPA and participate in TWC program. UMass tuition and fees are waived for eligible TWC internships. TWC program costs are then paid by the student. UMass Lowell’s Financial Aid Office can explain when and if a particular student’s financial award can be applied to TWC’s cost.

Interested students should contact their campus liaison early to discuss the application process. Information about applying (deadlines, requirements, and more) is available at The Washington Center

To qualify for security clearance areas, and for certain scholarships or highly competitive areas, it is recommended that you apply a year in advance of your actual anticipated start date. Fellowship awards are sometimes limited, and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your campus liaison will work with you to ensure that your application materials best reflect your academic skills and accomplishments.    

South Campus Advisor

Wael Kamal, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

North Campus Advisor

Kerry Willard Bray
Director, Career Services

Learn more about The Washington Center internship program.