2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Washington Internships

Texas Christian University is an affiliate of The Washington Center, a nonprofit independent educational institution that provides comprehensive learning opportunities in the nation's capital for students from more than 300 colleges and universities. The program includes placement, supervision, evaluation, seminars, housing, counseling, special events and other support services.

The TCU Washington Internship Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major field. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA. The selection process is competitive, and students must return to campus for at least one semester following the internship experience. Students wishing to graduate the semester they complete the internship should request a waiver of this requirement no later than the beginning of the semester they complete the internship.The call for applications goes out one year preceding the fall internship. Applications may be picked up in the political science office. All students accepted must take POSC 40910, Washington Internship Seminar, during the spring semester before the internship the following fall. Participation in this non-credit course is required for future Washington interns.

Students who participate in the fall program in Washington receive 15 hours of upper-division credit in political science. Students should consult with their academic adviser to determine how these credits may satisfy departmental or University requirements. For example, up to 9 of these 15 hours may be applied to a political science major and up to 9 hours may be applied to a political science minor. For further information about the program, contact the Department of Political Science at TCU.

Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Washington

The Schieffer College in Washington, D.C. was established in 2010 for exemplary juniors and seniors in both journalism and strategic communication. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply during the previous academic year. The program provides for full-time internships in Washington media organizations such as CBS News, POLITICO, National Geographic and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Students earn additional academic credits in courses taught by TCU's academic partner, The Washington Center. Students become among the best-prepared interns in Washington, D.C., by taking a special TCU course, Media in Washington.