Academic Seminars

In addition to the internship program, college and university students have the opportunity to participate in Academic Seminars sponsored by The Washington Center:

Inauguration 2025 Academic Seminar – The Washington Center (TWC) has hosted the Inauguration Academic Seminar since 1985 – and it remains the only national academic program of its kind and size. You’ll interact with political and media insiders who had a front seat to the presidential election and explore government agencies, think tanks and media outlets in the nation’s capital.

Inside Washington Seminar – Inside Washington Seminar is an essential resource for college students and faculty interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in the nation’s capital. Combining lectures, site visits, tours and special events, it is one of the best ways to see the impact of the political process and learn how national leaders address important issues. The next Inside Washington Seminar will take place on January 3-11, 2024.   The components of the Inside Washington Seminar include the Plenary Sessions (these morning sessions will feature some of the most distinguished speakers and public figures in Washington D.C.); Educational Briefings (participants will explore Washington, D.C., including government agencies, think tanks, embassies, media outlets, and more); and Small Group Discussions (faculty from all over the country lead these sessions allowing for candid give-and-take discussions to help you digest the information you’ve heard throughout the day).  The application deadline is November 1, 2023.

National Security SeminarStudents may participate in a national security seminar in Washington DC on May 14-22, 2023.  Participants will engage with experts in national security, cybersecurity, and counterintelligence regarding complex global and domestic threats and the ways to address them.  The components of the National Security Seminar including the Plenary Sessions (participants will hear from distinguished speakers and national security experts); Educational Briefings (participants will attend briefings held at several locations throughout Washington DC, including U.S. government agencies, think tanks, and media organizations); and Small Group Discussions (participants will attend discussion sessions facilitated by college and university faculty).  The application deadline is March 27, 2024.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Mark Mullenbach, UCA Liaison
Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies
Irby Hall 217