The Washington Center

Westfield State University enjoys an affiliation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), a partnership that provides exciting internship opportunities in Washington D.C.

TWC is a vital nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest such program, TWC has over 60,000 alumni, leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world.

“My TWC experience changed my personal and professional goals completely. I knew I wanted to work in politics but through the program and my internship, I realize that I want to work in public policy, focusing on immigration and social justice. Through my internship, I had the opportunity to work directly with immigration services and this direct exposure to this population has impacted my career trajectory.”

- Luvron Brice (’21)
Political Science & History major
Interned with Mil Mujeres, Fall 2020

During TWC’s Academic Internship Program (semester or summer), students will engage in three main program components:

1. Internship: TWC partners with hundreds of different internship sites in D.C. and works with students one-on-one to place them in an internship. Once students begin their internship, they’ll be working on projects related to their interests with a supervisor who cares about their growth and success.

2. Academic Course: One night a week, students will take part in one of TWC’s courses. They’ll be able to choose a course based on their 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 students make the most of their internship experience and gain the tools and insights they’ll need to launch their career.

All Westfield State University majors are eligible to apply to the Academic Internship Program. More than 400 undergraduates have taken advantage of these this exciting opportunity. Scholarships and financial assistance is are available for eligible program participants.

“I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by my university scholarship. Through the TWC program, I have gained professional skills that will carry me into my future career.”

-Angelina Jeremiah (’22)
Psychology major
Interned with Brem Foundation, Fall 2020

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Highlights

  • All academic majors are eligible for consideration
  • Fall, Spring and Summer Internships
  • Significant financial assistance available ($6500 scholarships for Massachusetts residents with a 3.0 overall gpa.) * pending funding
  • High quality housing included with internship
  • Credit is awarded through Westfield State University
  • Internships include federal government, nonprofit, international, and private sector agencies

Financial Assistance

Massachusetts applicants attending four-year public institutions in Massachusetts may be eligible for state-based financial assistance.

Award amounts for all terms in 2021-2022 (tentative)

  • Spring semester: $6,500
  • Summer term: $6,500
  • Fall semester: $6,500

Scholarship Eligibility

Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must be residents of Massachusetts. In the spring and fall semesters, $1300 of this financial assistance is contingent upon the student's staying in TWC housing and will be applied to the student's housing bill. Also in the fall and spring semesters, eligible students' tuition and fees are waived on the home campus.

POTENTIAL PLACEMENTS

Westfield State University students have interned with the following organizations:

Criminal Justice

  • Department of Justice INTERPOL
  • U. S. Marshal Service
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Homeland Security
  • The State Department
  • U.S. Attorneys Office
  • Department of Justice - Civil Rights
  • Fight Crime Invest in Kids
  • Montgomery County Public Defender Service
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • DC Public Defender Service
  • Alexandria VA Adult Probation and Parole
  • Office of the Corporation Counsel - Juvenile Division
  • Offender Aid and Restoration
  • The Law Office of Joanne Slaight
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Potomac Advocates
  • Prince William County Police Department
  • Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Montgomery County Public Defenders
  • Office of Corporation Council
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Media and Congressional Relations
  • Congressional Offices
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • Potomac Advocates
  • Dept. of Homeland Security - Office of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Global Justice
  • Advanced Network Strategies
  • Children's Rights Council
  • Baldwin, Molino & Escoto
  • U.S. Department of State

Environmental Science/Regional Planning

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dept. of Defense/National Resources
  • Department of the Interior/Office of Surface Mining

Business/Economics

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Citi Bank

Mathematics

  • U. S. Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Veterans Affairs - Actuarial Department

Psychology

  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • HeadStart National Headquarters
  • Martha's Table

Liberal Studies

  • U. S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • American Forum
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • AFL-CIO

History

  • Naval Historical Museum

Communications

  • Tricom Associates
  • Double R Productions
  • Global Advertising 1st
  • Dershowitz Group

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