US Capitol building

The Washington Center

Internship in Washington D.C.

Career Services works in partnership with The Washington Center (TWC) to offer students of any major the opportunity to spend a semester taking courses and interning in our nation’s capital.

TWC was created to assist students in exploring the relationship between classroom learning and workplace practice.  Through this exciting experience, students become more competitive for entry-level employment and more prepared for lives of achievement, engagement and leadership.

TWC program is comprised of a hands-on internship, course work, professional development and civic engagement.  TWC offers hundreds of internship options based in a variety of partner organizations, such as the government, non-profits, law firms, cultural and arts institutions and embassies.  Students work with a TWC advisor to ensure that internship placements are appropriate and mutually beneficial.

TWC courses are held one evening per week for 3 hours.  Students can choose from up to 25 academic courses, in a variety of topics.  Students will also participate in leadership and professional development programming.  With 7 professional tracks to choose from, students will have the opportunity to attend programs and hear from speakers that are related to their specific career goals.  Furthermore, students will participate in some civic engagement.  An in-depth portfolio highlighting the experience is required of all students at the end of the semester and can serve as an addition to their resume.

TWC frequently offered courses include:

  • American Politics and Public Policy
  • Business, Management, and Public Administration
  • Communications
  • International Affairs and Foreign Policy
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Leadership
  • Research and Writing


To apply for an internship with TWC, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have a GPA of at least 2.75
  • Must have attained the status of a sophomore or above (based on number of credits) and have completed at least two semesters on campus at a college or university by the start of the program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be eligible to receive academic credit from Montclair State


Students can earn up to 12 credits through the cooperative education program. Credit options vary depending on major and concentration, so discuss options with your Co-op Faculty Advisor.

Costs and Financial Aid

TWC does charge program and housing fees, but students usually find the cost comparable to what they pay for a semester at Montclair State.  New Jersey residents receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to housing costs!  Financial aid may be available through TWC.  Additionally, you may speak with Financial Aid to explore an increase of your customary loans or financial aid package during your time with TWC.

In order for the credits to be applied to the internship, all costs must be paid to Montclair State.  These funds will be forwarded to TWC as partial payment.  You are responsible for any and all additional costs due to TWC.  Once you receive TWC invoice, full payment is due.

Ready to Apply?

Contact Career Services to discuss the application process, cost, and earning academic credit for this experience.