Dickinson Semester in Washington
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The Dickinson Semester in Washington
provides students with the opportunity to earn four credits during a semester of experiential immersion in our nation’s capital.  Students earn credit in three ways:

• Internship:  Students work at their internship sties four-and-a-half days a week (two credits during the academic year; 1 credit during the summer term);

• Academic seminar:  Students earn a credit by taking an academic seminar course one night a week (1 credit); and,

• Independent study project:  Students also earn credit by completing an independent study project with a Dickinson faculty member (1 credit). 
Students receive a letter graded credit for the independent study project they complete with a Dickinson faculty member, and that letter grade factors into the student’s GPA. (Letter grades from the internship and academic seminar are reported on the transcript, but are not calculated in the GPA.)

The Dickinson Semester in Washington is conducted in partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars.  Since its inception in 1975, The Washington Center (TWC) has provided over 24,000 students with comprehensive, participatory learning experiences in and around Washington, D.C. 

TWC’s experiential learning components and Dickinson’s academically based structure work together to provide students with the opportunity to experience and explore various career paths while sampling the intellectual and cultural diversity of our nation’s capital. The Dickinson Semester in Washington integrates seamlessly with a well-rounded Dickinson education that is designed to promote future success -- and leadership --in the public, private and nonprofit sectors of society.

For more information, contact
Prof. Jim Hoefler, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Policy Studies Program
Department of Political Science
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013
Office: (717) 245-1311
Fax: (717) 245-1479
Email: hoefler@dickinson.edu


j. hoefler 04.16.07

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Lee Tankle ('10) with former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO) in spring 2009.

Policy Studies majors interning with The Washington Center during the spring of 2008 recenlty attended the Former Members Dinner honoring former women in Congress at the Ritz Carlton. Students were excited to meet one of the honorees -- Nancy Johnson (R-CT) -- who had spoken with the Policy Studies Foundations class by conference call about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the spring of 2007.  From left to right: Matt Stark (Policy Management ’09; interning with the Coalition for Government Procurement), Teresa Matthews (Law & Policy ’09; interning with The Downey McGrath Group), Nancy Johnson, and Nell Etheredge (Law & Policy ’09; interning with the Federal Relations Office of Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA)).

Stacy Foltz ('07), featured in a recent TWC Newsletter

Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson (2nd from left) at the annual meeting of the National Association of Conservatin Districts (Houston, 1/06) with Chuck Levall (middle), the pianist from the Rolling Stones and a conservationist from Georgia.

Morgan Kelly
TWC Intern Morgan Kelly (Dickinson '06) on the set with John Walsh.  Morgan interned with America's Most Wanted  during the summer of '05.

Alaina Young ('06)
TWC Intern Alaina Young (Dickinson '06) poses with Laura Cordero, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for External Affairs at the  Department of Justice (fall '04).

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