Study Away Programs
Our “study away” programs allow students to travel to larger metropolitan areas for unparalleled opportunities in a variety of fields, including business, finance, public policy, education, the arts and more.
Partnering with Butler University, Centre sends students in the fall and spring to the nation’s capital, where they will complete internships and take courses that focus on the art and architecture of Washington and the “City as Text.” Students work a regular workday (often 9 to 5) Mondays through Thursdays. For this, students receive six hours of internship credit, the maximum currently allowed at Centre. Occasionally, an internship will be paid—though you should not count on that.
Internship opportunities are available in a wide array of fields: students who have participated in the program have interned with the Speaker and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and CNN; the Holocaust and Air and Space Museums; Amnesty International and the Organization of American States; more than 20 Senators from both parties; the United Nations Foundation; the Pentagon, State Department, and Agency for International Development; the National Rehabilitation Center; and many law firms, think tanks and advocacy groups.
Students pay a $575 non-refundable deposit/surcharge; $200 of this amount is returned after completing the first week of the program. Housing costs in Washington are double what they are on campus, but food costs (students buy and prepare their own meals) are less. So that students end up paying about the same amount for this program that they’d pay in Danville, students are billed 95% of their term bill and use the 5% they are not billed (about $1,250) for their food costs.
Students live in apartment suites in a handsome older building on Connecticut Avenue, N.W., run by W.I.S.H. (Washington Internship Student Housing). This ideal location is a five-minute walk to the Woodley Park/Zoo stop on the Metro Red Line, and thus a short subway ride away from all major residential, governmental, and commercial areas in and around Washington. It is within walking distance of the gentrified Adams-Morgan area.
A suite houses six students and consists of three furnished bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a common area. The building has central air, laundry facilities, classrooms, computer labs, internet hook-ups, and 24/7 security. Two full-time RA’s live in the building. No alcohol and no overnight guests are allowed.
• Students typically work 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, in a diverse range of offices and organizations, including senators and congressmen, major media outlets, national museums, think-tanks, and non-profits. For this, students receive six hours of P/F internship credit, the maximum currently allowed at Centre.
• Students take two three-hour courses: “Power and Presentation: The Arts of Public Washington” and “City as Text: A DC Exploration.” These meet in the evenings, with field trips and other meetings on some weekends.
•Students also take three “Washington Weekend Seminars.” These are one-hour, P/F courses on specific topics in and around Washington. They are taught by faculty members from Centre and Butler University. They have been very popular with students in the past, covering Politics and Religion, Science and Public Policy, Baseball in the District, American Islam, the Federal War on Drugs, the Declaration of Independence, the History of the Holocaust Museum, the World after 9/11, US-Russian Relations, etc.
Dates, Deadlines & Requirements
• All rising juniors and seniors are eligible. Participating in this program does not exclude you from a long-term study abroad trip or CentreTerm abroad trips.
• Students must complete applications by February 6, 2014.
• Faculty recommendation forms can be picked up in the Center for Global Citizenship, and must be returned by February 6, 2014.
• You must pay your non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge by March 4, 2015.
Chicago, with 2.7 million people and 77 distinct neighborhoods, has been the center of economic and cultural activity between the two coasts for the past one hundred years. It is home to the tallest building in the western hemisphere (the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower), 7,300 restaurants, 200 theatres, and 200 arts galleries. Its world-class institutions include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and many Fortune 500 companies. With ironic Midwestern understatement, it calls itself “The Second City,” though is more appropriately called “The City with Big Shoulders,” “The Windy City,” or “The City that Works.”
During the fall 2015 and spring 2016 terms, Centre will send 10 or more students to live, study, and complete internships there.
Students selected choose one of three “tracks”: the Arts, Entrepreneurship, or Urban Studies. They have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth or to participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines. Students are able to explore the vital issues facing cities and the people who live and work in them while digging deeper to relate these issues to their personal lives, education, and career aspirations.
Students live with other Chicago program participants in furnished, shared apartments in a vibrant, safe neighborhood 30 yards from a tram station.
Students pay a $575 non-refundable deposit/surcharge; $200 of this amount is returned after completing the first week of the program. Housing costs in Chicago are double what they are on campus, but food costs (students buy and prepare their own meals) are less. So that students end up paying about the same amount for this program that they’d pay in Danville, students are billed 95% of their term bill and use the 5% they are not billed (about $1,250) for their food costs.
The program offers an innovative mix of academic work with four components: 1) an internship, 2) an independent study project, 3) a common core course about the city of Chicago, and 4) a small seminar focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, or urban studies and social justice—each for 3 hours of credit.
Classes are held at the ACM Chicago Program office on State Street, in the heart of downtown Chicago. Students will also spend a significant portion of their time outside the traditional classroom as they explore the city – attending cultural events, interacting with community organizations, meeting with business leaders, and engaging in all that Chicago has to offer.
While in Chicago, you pre-register for future courses via e-mail with your regular academic advisor. You will automatically be credited with six convocation credits during your term in Chicago.
Deadlines & Requirements
• All rising Centre juniors or seniors in good standing are invited to apply. Students can take part in both the Chicago program and a long-term study abroad trip (as well as CentreTerm study abroad trips).
• Application and faculty recommendation forms may be picked up at one of the campus-wide informational meetings on November 24, December 2, or January 8—or on the bookshelf in the Davidson Room of Old Carnegie.
• Turn in your completed application at the study abroad office no later than noon on February 6.
• Students who are selected must pay the non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier’s Office in Boles Hall by March 4 to hold their spot in the program.
• Visit the ACM Chicago website to get more details about the program, and contact Milton Reigelman or Leigh Cocanougher in the Center for Global Citizenship to learn more.
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