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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 Richard England, 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 2023 January 18 January 23 - April 28 April 29
Summer 2023 May 31 June 5 - August 4 August 5
Fall 2023 August 23 August 28 – December 1 December 2

Application Deadlines

  Priority Deadline Regular Deadline
Spring 2023 October 12, 2022 November 2, 2022
Summer 2023 February 15, 2023 March 15, 2023
Fall 2023 March 29, 2023 April 26, 2023


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 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Application Fee $60/125* $60/125* $60/125*
Program Fee $9,700 $7,320 $9,700
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, Richard England, 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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