Intern in Washington, DC

student in Washington DC

Explore internship opportunities in the nation’s capital

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Marymount California University, in partnership with The Washington Center (TWC), offers semester and summer internships in Washington, DC, providing students of all majors dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to explore career options and become engaged global citizens. The year-round program provides housing, leadership development, a lecture series and special events. Take a tour of the TWC experience.

Live, work and earn credit

You’ll live and work in the Washington, DC area, gaining real-world experience in a government agency, non-profit, think tank, advocacy group, law firm or corporation in your area of interest while taking part in coursework, weekly leadership and professional development programming, networking and social activities. Interns remain enrolled at MCU and earn up to 12 units in the fall and spring, and eight units in the summer.


Students must have at least sophomore standing and a 2.75 cumulative GPA to participate. Additionally, you should be eligible to receive academic credit from MCU.

You must apply through the TWC website, but first contact Roshni D. Lal, MCU’s liaison, to discuss eligibility and the application process. Do not submit your application until you’ve received liaison approval. The application materials required include a letter of recommendation, an essay writing sample, statement of professional interest, resume, transcripts and TWC’s application. After your application has been submitted in its entirety, barring any complications, you’ll be notified that you have been accepted to The Washington Center. You’ll then work with a TWC internship coordinator to arrange phone interviews and ultimately secure an internship.

TWC maintains contact with hundreds of potential placement sites. When applying, students indicate their interest in one of TWC’s professional tracks. Then TWC begins the matching process, and students are referred to placement sites according to their interests and career goals.

During a semester or summer at The Washington Center, students remain enrolled at MCU and receive academic credit for their work. An intern working in the fall or spring semester earns academic credit from MCU for 12 units. For the summer program, students receive credit for eight units. MBA students who are TWC participants are permitted to use all six elective units as internship units. Applicants should work with MCU’s campus liaison to decide which departments and advisors will be able to grant the appropriate credits.

All students accepted into the program will complete one academic course offered by TWC. Usually, courses meet one evening each week for three hours and are taught by TWC’s highly qualified faculty. Students select their top three choices and receive confirmation 2-4 weeks prior to the start of the program. At that time, students must provide the syllabus to both the assistant dean of curriculum and the director of career planning.

During the fall and spring semesters, students pay MCU tuition and fees for a regular full-time semester (in addition to MCU housing) and receive the same financial aid as if they were on campus.

All students accepted into TWC’s program are guaranteed housing. You’ll have a fully furnished apartment to call home and a dedicated community to support you as you adjust to life in DC. TWC has been (and will continue to be) proactive about protecting students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about The Washington Center’s Residential and Academic Facility here.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Criminal justice major Freddy Castillo interned at the U.S. House of Representatives in the Office of the Parliamentarian. He put his writing, researching and fact-checking skills to work while learning more about the legislative process. 

MCU student Freddy Castillo at Washington Center Internshp

Why not you?

Our MCU participants have had incredibly positive experiences. If this interests you, we encourage you to learn more about the program by visiting the TWC website and scheduling time with MCU’s Office of Internship and Career Planning.


Youstina Malty

“I’ve learned so much at my internship, especially about the legal process of what it takes to settle a case. There’s so much that DC has to offer and many opportunities for everyone.”

Youstina Malty
Legal Intern, Spring 2020

Internship & Career Planning Office

(310) 303-7273

9.a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Campus location
In The Center for Academic & Professional Success (CAPS)
Cecilia Hall, Room 218 (current students) (graduates)