Students should be college juniors or seniors, although sophomores will be considered
in special circumstances. Students must be in good standing in their college or university's
honors program, and the director of the school's honors program has to submit a letter
of approval for each student. Preference is given to students with a minimum 3.3 GPA
Non-Honors College Students May Be Eligible to Apply
If you aren't in your school's honors program but have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you might
still be eligible to apply to the Washington Semester Program with prior approval.
Email the internship director at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the approval process.
A Program Applicable to All Majors
You do not need to be a political science major to apply. Current and future leaders
are active in a variety of fields. Experience gained in the Washington Semester Program
is valuable for any major or career choice. Students in the program have included
majors in engineering, biology, journalism, business, French, English, international
relations, women's studies, the fine arts, history and accounting.
Enrollment in the Program
In most cases, students enroll at the University of South Carolina in Columbia for the semester they are participating in the Washington Semester Program. Transfer status is handled quickly and easily for students from other institutions. South Carolina State University students do not enroll their students at the University of South Carolina; but academic credits are transferred from USC to South Carolina State University after the student completes the semester program.
If you are interested in applying to the Washington Semester Program, you should talk
to your college advisor and the director of your school's honors program to determine
how the Washington Semester Program's academic credit will apply to your individual
Tuition and Anticipated Expenses in Washington, D.C.
It is hard to know what exact expenses to anticipate, since it differs from student to student. In general, typical expenses associated with the semester are:
- Tuition - All students will enroll at USC Columbia and pay the USC semester tuition rate. The USC Board of Trustees establishes the tuition for the upcoming year in July of each year.
- Housing Expenses - Washington Intern Semester Housing (WISH) management company owns the house at 225 Constitution Ave. NE, where the students live. At orientation, we will collect a $300 non-refundable processing fee payable to WISH. The cost of housing varies each year. Students should budget between $4,700 and $5,000 plus a refundable $200 security deposit. This includes all utilities, internet access, furnishings, basic kitchen supplies, and monthly cleaning. Students will be billed by WISH a month before the semester begins. WISH understands that many students use scholarship money to help pay for housing, which often is not available to the student until after the semester begins. A payment schedule for housing can be worked out directly through the WISH office by calling Mr. Paul Sarna at 202-548-2720.