Students should be college juniors or seniors, although sophomores will be considered
in special circumstances. Students must be in good standing in their college or university's
honors program. Preference is given to students with a minimum 3.3 GPA or better.
Non-Honors College Students May Be Eligible to Apply
If you aren't in your school's honors program but have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you might
still be eligible to apply to the Washington Semester Program with prior approval.
Email the internship director at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the approval process.
A Program Applicable to All Majors
You do not need to be a political science major to apply. Current and future leaders
are active in a variety of fields. Experience gained in the Washington Semester Program
is valuable for any major or career choice. Students in the program have included
majors in engineering, biology, journalism, business, French, English, international
relations, women's studies, the fine arts, history and accounting.
Enrollment in the Program
Accepted students enroll at the University of South Carolina in Columbia for the semester they are participating in the Washington Semester Program.
If you are interested in applying to the Washington Semester Program, you should talk
to your college advisor and the director of your school's honors program to determine
how the Washington Semester Program's academic credit will apply to your individual
Tuition and Anticipated Expenses in Washington, D.C.
It is hard to know what exact expenses to anticipate, since it differs from student to student. In general, typical expenses associated with the semester are:
Tuition - All students will enroll at USC Columbia and pay the USC semester tuition rate. The USC Board of Trustees establishes the tuition for the upcoming year in July of each year.
Housing Expenses - Washington Intern Semester Housing (WISH) management company owns the house where the students live. The cost of housing varies each year. Students should budget between five thousand to fifty-five hundred . This includes all utilities, internet access, furnishings, basic kitchen supplies, and monthly cleaning. WISH understands that many students use scholarship money to help pay for housing, which often is not available to the student until after the semester begins. A payment schedule for housing can be worked out directly through the WISH office.