Academic Internship Program

Alvernia University has a partnership with The Washington Center in Washington, DC which offers our students the opportunity to spend a semester in our nation’s capital, gaining valuable work experience in an internship and receiving a semester of credit toward their degree. To learn more about the Washington Center please visit their website.



The Washington Center offers an array of internship opportunities for students of all majors. While most people associate Washington with politics and government—and the Center does offer internships in those areas—there are also opportunities in communications, health care, criminal justice, law, business, the arts and many other opportunities. The Washington Center will help arrange an internship that addresses your interests. To learn more about the internships that are available, visit the website.



Each student who attends the program enrolls in a TWC course usually related to their academic major. TWC offers a variety of courses each term across a wide array of fields. In addition, some Alvernia students have enrolled in on-line courses here at the University while attending The Washington Center. The internship experience qualifies as coursework for some majors, but every student who enrolls at the Washington Center, with the approval of their academic adviser and department, receives 15 credits for attending the Washington Center. To learn more about the available courses please visit this website.



If participating in Washington, D.C., you are guaranteed housing in fully furnished and equipped two bedroom, two bathroom apartments in TWC’s Residential and Academic Facility (RAF). The RAF is located in the NoMA neighborhood and within walking distance of Union Station and Capitol Hill. You'll share your apartment with other TWC interns and have access to Washington's Metro subway system, Capital Bikeshare, shops, restaurants, museums and grocery stores


Financial Aid

If you receive financial aid here at Alvernia, that aid carries over to The Washington Center. You will pay tuition to Alvernia, who then pays for you to enroll at TWC. If you have financial aid that goes toward tuition it should cover your tuition for the semester. But we highly recommend that you meet with the Alvernia Financial Aid Office to discuss your personal situation. In addition, there is some other financial assistance available through TWC for which Alvernia students may be eligible. 


How to Apply

  • Visit the Washington Center to look at the available courses and internship opportunities.
  • Meet with your academic adviser to review your course selection options to ensure that you receive credit for your coursework. If your adviser is unfamiliar with The Washington Center your department chair or other members of the faculty can assist him or her in helping you plan. Or they can contact Megan Adukaitis, the Alvernia University liaison to The Washington Center at
  • Meet with the financial aid office to discuss your financial aid package and how it would apply to you semester at The Washington Center.
  • Apply to the center online.

The deadlines for applying can be found on the TWC's website.

Applying by the Early Deadline gives you the chance to hear from TWC sooner and be considered for internship sites that have earlier internal timelines.

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