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.
In the Centre-in-Washington Internship Program, you can study art and architecture, U.S. foreign policy, and international affairs in Washington, D.C., while working as an intern. Explore our nation’s capital and become immersed in a diverse community of activists, politicians, and thinkers.
• Non-refundable $375 nonrefundable deposit/surcharge
• Refundable $200 deposit that you get back once your internship begins
• $1200 for housing in D.C.
• For the semester you are gone, you will not pay Centre “board’ (part of room-and-board fees), using that money for meals in D.C.
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.
• All students take “Art and Architecture of Washington” and “U.S. Policy & Foreign Relations” in the evenings.
• All students also take three “Washington Weekend” seminars. These are one-hour, Pass/Fail courses on specific topics in and around Washington, D.C. They are taught by faculty members from Centre or Butler University who fly in to hold class Thursday evening with further discussion and site visits on Saturday and Sunday morning. They have been very popular with students in the past, covering Political Polling, International Sports Marketing, the Federal War on Drugs, the Declaration of Independence, the History of the Holocaust Museum, the World after 9/11, and US-Russian Relations.
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 February 28, 2014.
• Important Dates for Spring 2014 Program:
– Jan. 18 (Sat): Check in at W.I.S.H. housing on Connecticut Avenue
– Jan. 20 (Mon): Orientation and tour of Washington, led by Ivo Spalatin
– Jan. 21 (Tues): First day of internship and the Foreign Policy-Making class
– Jan. 22 (Wed): First day of The Arts in Public Washington class
– Weekend Seminars: TBD
– May 1 (Thurs): Last day of internship and classes
– May 3 (Sat): Last day to check out of W.I.S.H. housing
• Important Dates for Fall 2014 Program:
-Aug. 30: Check into WISH apartments
-Sept. 1: Orientation and bus tour of DC
-Sept. 2: First day of internship and Foreign Policy-Making class (6:30)
-Sept. 3: First day of The Arts in Public Washington class (6:30)
-Nov. 24-28: No classes or internship work for Thanksgiving week
-Dec. 11: Last day of classes and internship
-Dec. 13: Last day to check out of WISH apartments
In the fall of 2014, the first small group of Centre students will take part in an internship program in Chicago as part of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest program. The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies; students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or 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 various neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago.
Students pay a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge, their expenses of getting to Chicago, and a $3000 ACM fee that covers a small portion of the additional expenses of the Chicago program (apartment housing in safe neighborhoods, field trips, transportation, and some instructional materials). Any student who withdraws from the program before it begins will receive $2500 of the fee back. Accepted students will not pay the usual “board” fee (part of room-and-board) for the semester they’re in Chicago and will instead use that money for their meals (estimated to be about $1000 a semester if they cook for themselves).
The program offers an innovative mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice.
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 abroad.
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 19, November 25, 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.
• Students studying in Chicago for the fall of 2014 will arrive there on Sept. 1 and can depart on Dec. 11, 2014.
• 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.
Spend a semester in one of eight countries: