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, D.C. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Supreme Court, the State Department, the Organization of American States, the D.C. Corporation Counsel, the ACLU, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, and on Capitol Hill.
Roanoke College students wishing to pursue participation in the Lutheran College Washington Semester Program are eligible to apply for funds from the Messick Family Endowed Student Scholarship. The fund was established to provide financial assistance for Lutheran College Washington Semester students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship provides financial assistance to recipients in support of program enrollment fees and housing expenses required by the Program. For more information, and to apply for the scholarship, please contact Dr. Todd Peppers, on-campus coordinator for the Washington Semester Program.