What It’ll Cost You: Tuition costs vary based on the time of year students are interning. The summer program costs $5,455 plus $3,540 for housing. The fall and spring programs cost $6,345 each plus $4,550 for housing. All undergraduate programs also include a $60 application fee.
Postgraduate interns are charged a $250 application fee. The summer program and housing costs are $2,875 and $3,540, respectively. The fall and spring programs are $3,565 each and housing costs $4,550.
Students have the option of deferring the housings costs if they make arrangements to stay elsewhere.
Like the University of Dreams, The Washington Center makes no guarantee you will receive a paid internship through their program.
As for its refund policy, The Washington Center will fully refund applicants’ program fees if the applicants make the request prior to accepting an internship placement. Applicants who have confirmed an internship placement but have not checked in will receive a 50% refund of their program fees. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Internships.
How to get an internship for free
Not convinced you need to pay someone to help you or your child find an internship? Here are some tips for doing your own research:
- Start early! Employers often post ads months before they expect to hire an intern. Once you find an ad that fits your interests, respond immediately. Employers are inundated with resumes and many scan only the first dozen or so that they receive.
- Prepare for interviews as if you were applying for a job. Ask a career counselor to review your resume and critique your interview skills.
- Cover all your bases. In addition to checking sites like Ed2010.com, InternshipPrograms.com, InternWeb.com, and internMonster.com, ask your parents, friends and relatives to help you sniff out internship opportunities.
- Be persistent. Most employers are eager to have college-educated interns, especially if they are willing to work for free.
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