Washington Community Scholars’ Center

The heart of a semester with WCSC, formerly known as the Washington Study-Service Year, is on-the-job experience at a professional internship. WCSC faculty and staff consistently find internships that positively influence students’ vocational direction and often end in offers of full-time employment.

A semester with WCSC includes cross-cultural credit, class time, and community living, challenging students personally and professionally. Apply now for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017!

Internships for any major

Work part-time at a meaningful internship in any major, including the sciences, the arts, and pre-professional programs. Explore a job field that interests you while contributing to the community. Internship locations include congressional offices, grassroots organizations, for-profit companies, news outlets, museums, schools, health clinics, and more. DC is the unofficial “internship capital of the United States,” so WCSC students often work alongside other students, making connections and developing friendships that often last a lifetime.

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Community living in an urban culture

Living in an urban culture, students gain free admission to several musical, theater and dance performances during the semester. There are also ample opportunities to explore museums, coffee house poetry readings, and public art and historical walking tours. Students live in a house with up to 14 other WCSC students. Through sharing meals and household responsibilities, students come to know one another and themselves in surprising ways. The newly renovated WCSC house in Brookland, a working-class neighborhood, is easily accessible by Metro rail and bus.

Weekly seminar classes

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WCSC’s weekly seminar classes focus on social problems, faith issues and urban experiences through reading and writing, the arts, field trips, and group discussion. Guest speakers, internship visits, and history and arts tours are included.

Students may also take a course at one of the following local universities (other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis), with priority given to those who need the credits to meet graduation requirements:

* Trinity University
* University of the District of Columbia
* Corcoran College of Art and Design
* Foreign language courses at the Graduate School USA
* Several other colleges available on an as-needed basis

Apply today to join our semester-long internship program in DC!

Program news

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    June 15th, 2016

    Teresa Garcia-Bautista has a long list of summer goals while living at the Washington Community Scholar’s Center and working in Washington D.C. this summer. The first two are “meet the marginalized” and “make a difference,” which she does each weekday at Catholic Charities, helping to process refugee and asylum seekers, while improving her translation and …More

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    May 23rd, 2016

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