Washington Semester Program

Amanda Pickens '09 interned for Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

Internships in the nation's capital are most easily available through the Lutheran College Washington Semester Program, which was founded in 1986 by a core group of Lutheran colleges to provide a quality residential Washington DC semester exclusively for their students. The LCWS is a small, personalized program where you live, study, and intern while earning academic credit from Roanoke College. Students take two, one-unit academic courses taught by professors from surrounding universities as well as a two-unit internship.

River Place Apartments is located in Arlington and is home to the thirteen residential condominiums the students reside in while attending the program. The LCWS also maintains its own administrative offices, classrooms, computer lab, conference room, and study lounge in River Place Apartments. Located across the street from the US Marine Corps Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, River Place is within walking distance to the metro, a grocery store, several restaurants, the Rosslyn Post Office, and many other stores and attractions.

In recent years, Roanoke College students attending the program have interned at the White House, the Supreme Court, the State Department, the Organization of American States, the DC Corporation Counsel, the ACLU, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the DC Rape Crisis Center, and on Capital Hill.


Student Intern Experience, 2013

Roanoke Magazine article, Fall 2011

View a story about four students participating in 2010.

Listen to What a Roanoke College Students Says about the Program

Rossyln, Virginia

See www.washingtonsemester.org for more information.

Dr. Todd Peppers | 375-2417 | West Hall 212

Roanoke students participate in Washington Semester

Roanoke students participate in Washington Semester

Many colleges provide opportunities for students to study abroad for a semester or year, but some students choose to study at a different location in their own country. Since Roanoke became one of the founding colleges of a program in 1986, its students have been able to study and earn credit in a residential Washington, D.C. program.

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