Educational Institutions

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.twc.edu

Mission Statement

The Washington Center (TWC) was founded in 1975 by the late William M. Burke on the belief that the right experiences can transform a student's life — setting them on a course of achievement, leadership, and civic responsibility. That's why we immerse college students in one of the most intense and productive living, working, and learning programs on the planet.

TWC delivers two distinctive programs:
A customized seminar series - two weeks of intensive engagement in the nation's capital around trending topics and issues - from national security to "Inside Washington," a rare look at politics and protocol, tapping the expertise of leaders found only in DC. TWC also also delivers seminars around each of the nominating conventions, and a special "Inaugration" seminar every four years as the nation's leadership changes hands.

TWC's Academic Internship Programs are its most in demand. Delivering far more than a semester of work experience, our unique experiential education model offers an integrated experience that transforms theory into practice, ambition into purpose, and potential into achievement - and changes lives. Our programs are built around three potential paths through the world - government, business, and not-for-profit. Each is a distinct experience of matched internships, complementary academic coursework, leadership development, career development, and civic engagement work.

Unlike any other program in the world, Washington Center Internships are delivered for a full semester (15 weeks in Fall and Spring; 10 weeks in the summer) – and students receive academic credit from their home institutions for participating. The program is a bridge between the college academic experience and the professional world – a pathway to a career that gives students real-world work experience and engagement with practitioners and programming specific to their professional goals, interaction with leaders from all sectors found only in the nation's capital, professional skills training, civic engagement learning and an academic course.

The Washington Center experience includes housing in our state of the art Residential and Academic Facility, which includes ADA-compliant apartments, 9 classrooms, an auditorium, a gym and a computer lab.

The largest program of its kind, TWC brings together civic and business leaders, 400+ college and university partners, hundreds of public- and private-sector employers, a network of more than 55,000 alumni, and generous donors who together move the needle forward on professional growth and leadership, engaged citizenship and social justice.

Main Programs

  1. Academic Internship Program
  2. Academic Seminars
Service Areas

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International

Washington Center programs have served students and young professionals from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and from 107 countries. The energy of The Washington Center is due in no small part to the mix of our people. Our interns, our staff and our faculty come from a range of backgrounds and bring diverse talents, opinions, interests and experience to the table. Every year, between 20%-30% of our students are from countries outside the U.S., and 35 percent of our domestic students self-identified as “minority" students.

We believe that a diverse student population creates a more challenging setting and facilitates personal growth opportunities for students. This commitment is the catalyst for recruiting a diverse group of interns each year and fostering a multicultural environment that is the foundation for a meaningful exploration and exchange of ideas.









ruling year

1975

Principal Officer since 2016

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Mr. Christropher K Norton

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Ryan Klang

Keywords

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leadership, work experience, civic engagement, education, internships, financial assistance, academic credit, college students

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Also Known As

TWC

EIN

52-1019820

 Number

4378878767

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Academic Internship Program

TWC’s Academic Internship Program is offered during the spring, fall and summer semesters every year. It consists of the following components:
• Professional Internship: Four days per week (32 hours)
• Academic Course: One evening per week (two to three hours)
• LEAD Programming: One full day per week
• Civic Engagement/Social Responsibility
• Professional Development
• Career-specific Training
• Portfolio: Compilation of documents that reflect students’ development through various activities during the semester

Description of Program Components
1. Professional Internship
The Washington Center maintains ties with more than 500 organizations that provide high-quality internships in the Washington, DC area that are individually matched to each student's interests and goals by a professional TWC team. The internship program serves students in all majors, with interests in a wide variety of fields in government, nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Students work 4 days full days per week and are involved in tasks, projects and assignments that are required to provide at least 80% substantive work. These strong resume-building experiences also offer the opportunity to develop solid skills, references and networks for job search after graduation. Internship work is overseen by a site supervisor who is trained by TWC and serves as a contact throughout the semester, providing an evaluation of the student's work, growth, and professional capabilities at the end of the program.

2. Academic Course
The Washington Center offers more than 25 courses taught by TWC’s college-level, adjunct faculty. This work, combined with other program elements, earns academic credit for all U.S. students at their home colleges and universities. The courses, in many cases, have a direct and practical relationship to the work students do throughout the work week and range from politics, business and economics to international affairs and communications. Courses are grounded in traditional disciplines, yet leverage the unique resources, speakers and organizations that are available in Washington, DC.
3. LEAD Programming
TWC’s academic programs department designed this impactful program in collaboration with our college and university partners. It is the only one of its kind in the world. Programming is delivered by “Day Type” on a rotating basis throughout the semester. LEAD activities include:
Day Type 1: Professional Development
• Small group workshops on skills assessment and leadership styles. Students take surveys like Myers Briggs, Strength Finders, and others to identify their strengths, values, aspirations, and skill sets. They also work with program advisors to match their strengths and skills to their career goals.
• In Career-Specific Programming, interns select from seven professional tracks that align with their career aspirations: Advocacy, Service & Arts; Business & Global Trade; International Affairs; Law & Criminal Justice; Media & Communication; Politics & Public Policy, and Science, Technology & Society. Each track is led by a Program Advisor who develops a curriculum that offers briefings by professionals in the field, workshops on best practices, trending issues and policies, and site visits to a range of organizations aligned with the student’s career direction.

Day Type 2: Civic Engagement and Public Life
• TWC’s “Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series” leverages the resources of the nation’s capital to so students can engage with current and former cabinet members, ambassadors, members of Congress, and distinguished leaders from the business, nonprofit, media, and diplomatic fields who address issues that transcend all sectors and career paths. It is an opportunity for students to explore issues of contemporary public concern and articulate their own views about leadership and citizenship in today’s society.
• The Civic Engagement Learning & Service segment includes:
• An array of workshops related to social challenges and ways in which individual engagement can influence change.
• Volunteer work at local NGOs.
• Public Policy Dialogues encompass small group visits with members of Congress to learn more about the legislative process and public policy.

Day Type 3: Career Enhancement
• A full-day Career Boot Camp helps students prepare for their job search. They learn to speak confidently about their qualifications and how to stand out as a job candidate. Students also learn how to analyze job descriptions, research prospective employers, prepare for common interview questions, and present themselves professionally at interviews and at networking events.
• A Global Citizenship Day focused on cross-cultural skills needed to succeed in our interconnected world.

4. Portfolio, which includes a “Career Marketing” plan, samples of professional work, an informational interview and updated resume, reviewed by two professionals in the student's field of interest.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

18,144,162

Program 2

Academic Seminars

TWC’s Academic Seminars are experiential learning at its finest. Several times each year, The Washington Center’s Academic Seminars bring students together to explore the intersection of current affairs, politics, international relations and society. Academic Seminars are timely, relevant, and comprehensive. Students gain a better appreciation of the complexities facing world leaders, and see things from points of view they’ve never considered before. Reaching well beyond books and classrooms, opportunities include experiential fieldwork, topic-related site visits or tours, panel interviews and small group discussions.

Each academic seminar offers an in-depth look into a range of timely topic ranging from public policy and media to international affairs and electoral politics. Students have the chance to engage, question, and learn from leading voices, get insider’s access to embassies, Capitol Hill, and media or nongovernmental organizations and immerse themselves in an incredible opportunity to hone their point of view on the nation, and the world.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Washington Center programs have served students and young professionals from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and from 107 countries. The energy of The Washington Center is due in no small part to the mix of our people. Our interns, our staff and our faculty come from a range of backgrounds and bring diverse talents, opinions, interests and experience to the table. Every year, between 20%-30% of our students are from countries outside the U.S., and 35 percent of our domestic students self-identified as “minority" students.

We believe that a diverse student population creates a more challenging setting and facilitates personal growth opportunities for students. This commitment is the catalyst for recruiting a diverse group of interns each year and fostering a multicultural environment that is the foundation for a meaningful exploration and exchange of ideas.









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THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR INTERNSHIPS & ACADEMIC SEMINARS
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Christropher K Norton

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Ryan Klang

BIO

Chris Norton is a dedicated leader focused on driving new strategies for enhanced learning and social awareness into secondary and post-secondary education. Following a successful career in business, Chris has made the most of his expertise, leadership skills and passion for service by channeling his focus into active and productive roles with a number of educational institutions. His positions as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Boards of The Washington Center, Haverford College and Loomis Chaffee have allowed him to expand his interests across a wide range of educational issues and operational goals, as well as engaging directly with students.



Chris' leadership skills were built during his nearly 20-year career at Goldman Sachs, which he joined in 1987 as a corporate bond product manager. While heading firm businesses in offices in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt, Chris was promoted to partner in 1994. After returning to the U.S. in 1996 he became a managing partner and, in 2000, was named head of the company's America's Institutional Business Development Group. In this capacity, he oversaw the investment needs of some of the nation's largest and most sophisticated institutional clients, including CalPERS, General Motors and the World Bank. Prior to joining Goldman, Chris was a vice president in the Corporate Bond Department for Salomon Brothers, based in both New York and London.



Over the past decade Chris has served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations and private companies. He has served since 2004 as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loomis Chaffee, a renowned New England boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut. In this role, he has worked closely with the Head of school and key administrators to execute a bold new strategic plan. One initiative was the founding of the Norton Center for the Common Good. This innovative academic center gives students the tools to make wise, ethically-sound decisions to sustain them throughout their college, professional and civic lives.



Chris has also served in a variety of leadership roles with Haverford College in Pennsylvania, including Board Manager since 2004, Vice Chair from 2009 to 2015, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. In addition, he co-chaired the school's fundraising campaign with Hunter Rawlings III, a Haverford alumnus and currently president of the Association of the American Universities.



In 2003, Chris joined the Board of Directors of The Washington Center. He has served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee and Comprehensive Campaign (which raised $16.3 million against a goal of $15 million), Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee through 2015. At the request of the Board of Directors, Chris has spent additional time at TWC over the past two years to deepen his knowledge of the organization and broaden the Board's liaison role. Chris is also the proud father of a TWC alumna.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hon. Alan J. Blinken

Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium

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