About the Company:
Empowering every learner to secure a better future for themselves and the world around them.
Creating flexible, immersive pathways to enhance the pipeline of diverse talent and build more equitable, inclusive workplaces and communities.
The Washington Center provides immersive internships and academic seminars to students from hundreds of colleges and universities and young professionals from across the U.S. and more than twenty-five countries.
We help students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to pursue their interests, experience what a successful career looks like, and establish a path toward their professional future. Along the way, we inspire them to become well-informed, public-spirited, and more socially engaged in their communities.
As the largest, most established program of our kind, we have 90 dedicated, full-time staff and more than 600 higher education, corporate, government, foundation and internship host partners. We are independent, not-for-profit, and committed to providing transformative educational experiences that change lives.
More than 60,000 TWC alumni have gone on to serve the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They hold leadership positions in virtually every career field, including law, education, social work, medicine, journalism, diplomacy, business, and politics.
Help us provide experiences that turn potential into a plan.
Compensation includes a $4,000 stipend for undergraduate students, or a $5,000 stipend for graduate and law school students. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program and, only if held in-person, fully-furnished housing (if needed) and roundtrip travel to your assignment location (if your permanent residence is more than 50 miles away). You will be responsible for living expenses and local transportation.
Housing and Living
STIPDG 2023 will be held in-person at Department of Transportation offices in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Housing for eligible students is arranged in proximity to work sites, both in Washington, D.C. and in regional locations across the United States. Housing accommodations for both graduate and undergraduate students can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities.
You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit, but can support you administratively in documenting your work or performance if needed. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution prior to starting the program.
Dates and Deadlines
Summer 2023 application opens: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Summer 2023 application deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Final candidate selection: February–April 2023
Internship start date: Monday, June 5, 2023 (housing move-in on preceding weekend)
Internship end date: Friday, August 11, 2023 (housing move-out on following weekend)
To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:
Be U.S. Citizen (dual-citizens are also eligible)
Be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (visit ed.gov/accreditation to verify your school and/or program of study), 3.0 GPA or higher desired.
Be a junior or senior for the upcoming fall semester if you are an undergraduate student. Undergraduate applicants from Junior, Tribal, or Community Colleges must have completed their first year.
Be enrolled in the upcoming fall semester if you are a graduate student.
Law applicants must be entering their second or third year of law school in the upcoming Fall Semester.
Applicants who are scheduled to graduate during the spring or summer semesters of this academic year are not eligible for consideration for the STIPDG unless: (1) they have been accepted for graduate school enrollment; (2) they have been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education; or (3) their acceptance is pending. There will be no exceptions.
Former STIPDG interns may apply but will not necessarily receive preferential consideration.
If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to go through a background investigation to determine suitability to work for U.S. DOT. You will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and a Participant Agreement.
During this 10-week program, you will intern five days per week at the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the exception of some optional program opportunities such as field trips throughout the summer. Your internship placement may be at the Washington, D.C. DOT headquarters, or in one of several regional locations across the United States. Daily tasks will vary depending on your background, your skills and the office in which you’re working. STIPDG internship work is substantive and may include projects in data analysis, data management, research, article and report writing, presentation preparation and delivery, policy analysis and stakeholder outreach. Each intern is supervised and supported by a DOT mentor, and professional development workshops are provided by DOT and The Washington Center.