Virtual Intern Policies

Admissions Policy

  • The review process is comprehensive with admissions decisions based on the strength of each student's application (including the essays, letters of recommendation and other supporting documents) and a determination of whether an appropriate remote internship can be secured for the applicant.
  • Unless notified of a student's intention to withdraw from our program (or decline admission), The Washington Center assumes that all accepted students plan to participate in our virtual program.

Payment Policy

The Washington Center requires that all invoices be paid in full by the due date noted on the invoice.

  • Students with an outstanding balance may not begin their remote internship unless prior alternative arrangements have been made with The Washington Center`s finance office. Email info@twc.edu with questions.
  • TWC will not release grades for any student with an outstanding balance.
  • Students dismissed from the virtual program  after due process procedures have been followed receive no refund for the virtual program  and any fees still outstanding are due and payable to The Washington Center.

Billing Procedures

Depending on the specific arrangements, which vary by institution, an invoice will be sent, after the regular deadline, to the student and/or the institution. If the student is responsible directly, the invoice will be sent to the primary email address listed on the application. Full payment is expected within 30 days or by the start of the virtual program - whichever comes first.
 
Notes:

  • For all billing-related issues, invoices will be delivered to participants with a timeline for payment. Students who fail to meet the terms of the invoice or sign a promissory note will receive a written warning of possible expulsion. The standing of students who fail to satisfy outstanding balances will be determined by the CFO and the Vice President of Student Affairs.

 For questions about billing procedures, please email the Finance Department at finance@twc.edu.

Earning Academic Credit Policy (not applicable for Global Competencies)

The Washington Center's Virtual Internship Program is a rigorous experience and if you are an undergraduate student, you will be required to earn credit for your participation. This credit would be awarded directly by your home institution, not by TWC. Colleges and universities that are affiliated with TWC have already agreed to award credit for this virtual program; students should speak with their campus liaison about the applicable policies and procedures.
 
Students from unaffiliated institutions are also welcome to participate in our programs. You will simply need to secure a campus sponsor who can verify that you will receive credit for your work.

Recent Graduates and Graduate Students

If you recently graduated with an undergraduate degree, you will be able to participate in the virtual program without earning academic credit. If you are a graduate student or law student and are able to earn credit through your university, you can apply for our virtual  program.

Grades & Evaluations Policy

Three evaluations containing recommended grades will be sent to your designated liaison or campus sponsor. First, there is the Internship Site Supervisor Final Evaluation, which is based on performance at the internship. Next, the Course Instructor Final Evaluation is based on performance in the evening course. And finally, the Career Advisor Final Evaluation is based on attendance and participation in Career Readiness Programming, as well as performance on ePortfolio assignments.

Refund and Cancellation Policies

The Washington Center staff does extensive work on students’ behalf prior to their beginning of the virtual programs. This necessitates a commitment to The Washington Center refund and cancellation policies.
 
Please note:

  • The initial application fee is not refundable.
  • All interns are governed by the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students dismissed from the virtual program after due process procedures have been followed receive no refund for the program fees and any fees still outstanding are due and payable to The Washington Center.
  • All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Requests should be submitted to Enrollment Services at enrollment@twc.edu.

Program Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy

The Washington Center grants refunds and/or will assess a charge for virtual program fees under certain circumstances as described below.

  • 100% of the virtual program fee paid will be refunded as long as the student has not accepted a remote internship offer.
  • 50% of the virtual program fee will be refunded if paid or 50% of the virtual program fee is due to TWC if a student accepts a remote internship facilitated by TWC but withdraws prior to the start of the program. An offer is considered as having been accepted regardless of the remote internship being contingent on passing a background check.
  • 100% of the virtual program fee is due to TWC if a student accepts a remote internship facilitated by TWC and notifies TWC of their intention to withdraw on or after the start of the program. An offer is considered as having been accepted regardless of the remote internship being contingent on passing a background check.
  • Once an internship begins, there will be no refunds to the program fee. If a participant’s internship is unsatisfactory, as determined by the director of internship site relations and director of academic internship programs, or if the internship ends for any reason other than behavioral issues from the intern, TWC will begin a search for a new internship. If, after 5 business days, TWC is unable to find a replacement internship, the participant will be permitted to complete the online course and professional development programming, without an internship, with approval from their liaison or sponsor. If a student chooses to drop the program, there will be no refund and the student will be documented as a drop post-program. To appeal, email enrollment@twc.edu
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