Application Process

It is not too late to apply to TWC for spring 2016!!   The Washington Center’s priority deadline for spring is October 14th. The priority deadline is for best consideration for financial aid.  It is best to apply early.

It is not too early to apply for Summer 2016.  Priority deadline is February 17th.

Students: See checklist for Students Applying to The Washington Center for Internships
Students should contact UCA's liaison to the Washington Center, before preparing their applications.


Dr. Peter Mehl
Irby 120

Students must be at least second-semester sophomores and carry at least a 2.75 gpa. Students should complete their applications on line, print a copy and bring to the liaison, Dr. Peter Mehl, in Irby 120 before submitting it to the Washington Center. Please have your academic adviser email Dr. Mehl a list of courses for which you will receive UCA credit; Dr. Mehl's office will register you for these courses.  He also reviews and approves applications and course credit.

Application materials

Your essay and your résumé are important components of your application.

• The issues essay is a 500-word statement and it should be devoted to a discussion of a topic that involves the field(s) in which you hope to work. You should include an indication of your personal views. This is not a research paper, but rather an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you have a serious interest and some background knowledge about issues in the field you wish to work.

• In your 100-word statement of professional interest you should describe the types of activities in which you would like to be involved during your internship, and how these activities relate to your career goals.

• Your résumé should clearly outline your educational, volunteer, leadership, and work experience to date. One page only.

• Two letters of recommendation (three letters if your GPA is below 2.75)

• Transcript

• Application fee