The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC)

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers qualified UMass Lowell students the opportunity to work in any one of dozens of fields in private, public and nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. UMass Lowell has worked with TWC for over 10 years and has sent dozens of students to D.C. to participate in its various internship and seminar programs. Founded in 1975 as a nonprofit, independent, experiential education organization, TWC has more than 60,000 alumni worldwide. It has educational partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide and throughout the world, and works with hundreds internship partners in the nation’s capital.

TWC's academic internship program is for students of all majors. Successful completion of a fall or spring semester internship will earn 12 academic credits; successful completion of a summer internship will earn 9 academic credits.

Salvatore Florio Jr. wearing a suit outside and smiling at the camera.
"I have been able to learn more than I would ever have been able to in any other place in the country. Being able to intern in the nation’s capital at such a historic agency such as the Marshals Service has been an experience that I will never forget.”
- Salvatore Florio Jr. (Criminal Justice, ’20) interned with The U.S. Marshals Service in Fall 2019. Learn more about What It's Like to Intern with The U.S. Marshals Service.

Program Components

During your semester or summer with TWC’s Academic Internship Program, you’ll engage in three main program components:

  1. Internship: TWC partners with hundreds of different internship sites in D.C. and works with you one-on-one to place you in an internship. Once you begin your internship, you’ll be working on projects related to your interests with a supervisor who cares about your growth and success. Browse the sample internships site list.
  2. Academic Course: One night a week, you’ll take part in one of TWC’s courses. You’ll be able to choose a course based on your interests and gain access to faculty members who not only work as professors, but often as professionals in their field.
  3. Career Prep: This programming is a mix of professional development workshops, career exploration sessions, networking events and one-on-one career advising designed to help you make the most of your internship experience and gain the tools and insights you’ll need to launch your career.


Massachusetts residents with a 3.000 cumulative GPA or higher are automatically considered for limited $9,000 state scholarships ($1,300 contingent on use of TWC housing). No additional application is required, and scholarships are first come, first served for the fall, spring, and summer programs.

  • Launch a Career You'll Love: Learn more about The Washington Center internship program.