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EIU Pine Honors College

The Washington Center

Eastern Illinois University partners with The Washington Center (TWC) to offer immersive internship experiences in Washington, D.C.

During your semester or summer with TWC’s Academic Internship Program, you’ll engage in three main program components - a full-time internship, an academic course you’ll attend one evening every week, and career readiness programming with professional development workshops and opportunities to network.


Through your TWC experience, you would earn up to 15 credit hours for the semester or 9 credit hours for the summer.

Life in D.C. isn’t all work, though. Want to know what it was like for someone in your shoes? Hear from recent TWC alumni Kellie or Nicholas on some of what D.C. offers in your free time.

Ready to discuss this more? Contact Catherine Polydore, Ph.D. at to talk about interning in D.C. and sign up to learn more!

See the wide range of internships that TWC offers its students--in everything from politics to the healthcare sector, from education to the environment. Review TWC's list of sample internship sites to learn more!


Program Dates

  Check-In Internship Period Check-Out
Spring 2022 January 19 January 25 - April 29 April 30
Summer 2022 June 1 June 7 - August 5 August 6
Fall 2022 August 24 August 30 – December 2 December 3

Application Deadlines

  Priority Deadline Regular Deadline
Spring 2022 October 6, 2021 November 3, 2021
Summer 2022 February 16, 2022 March 16, 2022
Fall 2022 April 6, 2022 May 4, 2022


Please Note:

  • Applying by the Early Deadline gives you the chance to hear from TWC sooner and be considered for internship sites that have earlier internal timelines.
  • Some internship sites have timelines that precede TWC’s Early Deadline. These sites include most law enforcement opportunities, as well as some positions in the law/legal affairs and international relations fields, and at various think tanks, government agencies, embassies and museums. If you’re interested in opportunities like these for Summer 2022, we recommend submitting your application in January 2022.


Fees Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022
Application Fee $60/125* $60/125* $60/125*
Program Fee $9,415 $7,100 $9,415
Housing Fee $6,570 $4,990 $6,570

*$125 application fee is only for students enrolled in institutions outside of the U.S. This covers the cost of shipping materials via FedEx

Following these steps will help you determine the cost for you to attend:

  1. Contact your campus liaison, Catherine Polydore, Ph.D. at and ask about how The Washington Center's program works at your school.
  2. Check with the financial aid office on your campus to see if your aid package can be applied toward TWC costs. We also recommend inquiring about any additional funding opportunities that may be available to students participating in TWC.
  3. Review the scholarships available through TWC.
  4. Apply to the program. You will be able to select certain scholarships you'd like to be considered for in your application. Mark your calendar with the application deadlines!

Ready to take the next step? Sign up to learn more or reach out directly to TWC Admissions at

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Contact Information

Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2017
(888) 440-4664
Fax: (217) 581-7222

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