As part of its mission to encourage students to integrate Christian faith and public life, the Henry Institute operates the Semester in Washington D.C. each year during Calvin College's spring semester. A wide range of internship experiences are available, depending upon the student's interests and future career plans.

Washington, D.C. is an international city with a wide range of interests. Internship experiences may be unrelated to the world of politics, focus on domestic politics, or take advantage of the vast resources in the international political arena.

Non-political internships are available in the arts, museums, computer science and technology, criminal justice, environmental studies, social work, urban studies, business, marketing, event planning, fundraising, development, and more.

If your interest is domestic politics you can intern in Congress or most agencies of the Executive Branch. Internships with law firms, think tanks, or lobbying firms, with the national offices of the major political parties, and in print or broadcast media, are among the myriad of opportunities that are available.

Opportunities related to international relations, international development, diplomacy and all aspects of international interaction are available in United Nations offices, international human rights agencies, international relief agencies, foreign embassies, or internationally-oriented organizations such as the Organization for American States, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council, or the Middle East Institute, to name just a few.

Contingent on the type of internship and individual arrangements students make with Calvin's academic departments, academic credit can go toward a variety of majors, minors, and other college requirements, and students should discuss the number of credits that will be applicable to their major field of study.

Housing for the Calvin College students attending the Semester in Washington D.C. is arranged in cooperation with the Washington Intern Housing Network. WIHN's Greystone House is located at 1243 New Jersey Ave., N.W. in Washington DC, approximately half a mile from two metro stations. Bus service is also conveniently close to the house.

Greystone House was originally built as a secretarial school at the turn of the 20th century, and is now a large historic home with 3600 square feet of fully furnished space for Washington D.C. interns. The four level house has 10 bedrooms and 7 full bathrooms (students will be assigned two or three to each bedroom), with shared kitchen, dining room and living room space for all house occupants. Laundry facilities are on site. Utilities, internet and cable TV service are included in the room and board cost charged to the students.

The property is located in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Washington DC, an area that is in the midst of revitalization. In 2004, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District was founded to provide community services and to market the neighborhood. Restaurants, retail establishments, and grocery stores are nearby Greystone House, and many young working professionals are moving into the area.

Program costs for the Henry Semester in Washington DC are approximately equivalent to the cost of tuition and on-campus room and board for one semester. This includes the Henry Institute Semester tuition, housing, program-related cultural events, and a stipend toward meal expenses and travel inside the city.Transportation to and from Washington DC is not included.

For Calvin students, all financial aid, scholarships, and grant monies you are normally eligible for during that academic year are applied toward the program, just as they would be toward a regular, on-campus Calvin semester. In addition, the Henry Institute offers a scholarship specifically to assist in defraying the tuition and room/board costs of the Semester Program.

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Ellen Hekman

Ellen Hekman

Program Coordinator for Pre-Law, Washington D.C. Semester, and the Paul Henry Institute
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