General Information

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers University of Iowa students the opportunity to work in any of dozens of fields in private, public, and non-profit organizations in Washington D.C. TWC's academic internship program is available for students of all majors, including the social sciences, humanities, engineering, science, math, the fine arts, and health professions. Successful completion of a fall or spring semester internship will earn 12-15 academic credits; successful completion of a summer internship will earn 6-9 academic credits.


The University of Iowa has worked with TWC since 1979, and has sent more than 800 students to DC to participate in its various internship and seminar programs. Founded in 1975 as a nonprofit independent, experiential education organization, The Washington Center has over 50,000 alumni worldwide. It has educational partnerships with approximately 850 colleges and universities nationwide and throughout the world, and works with over 3,000 public, private, and non-profit organizations in the nation's capital.


Participating students are placed in internships according to their interests and career goals. The internships are with federal agencies, congressional or judicial offices, public interest groups, nonprofit organizations, etc. Interns work full time, 4 1/2 days per week, attend a required evening course, and attend all Washington Forum seminars and events. Some students may choose to complete an independent study in their major.