Wash Center
To Contact Me:    
Peck Hall 245     898-5461     carleton@mtsu.edu

Fall 2010 Office Hours:
8:30-9:00 and 10:15-11:30, TR 8:30-9:30 and11:15-1:00, and by appointment









Department of Political Science 

MTSU Library






Scholarships to Intern in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Center (TWC)

Students may use the scholarship to intern any semester
during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Important Note
Given the current economic uncertainties, these scholarships are dependent on final budget approval. The application and selection process will proceed according to plan, but final approval will not be certain until the State of Tennessee adopts a budget for next year and it is clear the monies for this program remain available.


The Tennessee Board of Regents is offering six scholarships for MTSU students to work and study in Washington, D.C. during the spring and summer 2009 semesters. 

The internship is run through The Washington Center, a long-standing non-profit organization that supervises hundreds of interns in Washington every semester.  You will be placed in an internship based on your career goals four days a week, and attend a seminar course related to your internship topic the remaining day. You will thus earn 12 hours of internship credit and 3 hours of seminar course credit. Periodically throughout the semester, you will also have the opportunity meet and attend talks by elected officials, political reporters, campaign consultants, and so on. You have the option of living in either Washington Center housing or private housing.

Previous MTSU students who have interned with The Washington Center have worked in the Vice-Presidentís office, in Congressional offices, for lobbying firms, in the State Department, in law offices, and for news organizations. It is a great opportunity for any student interested in any aspect of politics, public policy, or government.

Scholarship Amount

The TBR scholarships are designed to cover the difference in costs between a semester at MTSU and in Washington. The exact details vary a little for each student depending on how college is being financed-- with lottery monies, academic scholarships, loans, and so on. Once students are selected for the program, each will have an individual meeting with the Financial Aid office on campus. Thus far, they have been able to make it work for every student going to Washington, so the scholarship amount covers the difference in cost between MTSU and Washington.


Requirements:     - be a junior or senior the semester you will be in Washington
                                 - have a GPA of at least 3.0
                                 - ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME
                                 - have a real interest in some aspect of public affairs
                                 - have all application materials submitted by APRIL 17, 2009
                                 - once selected for a scholarship, students must be accepted for admission by
                                   The Washington Center

For More Information:
   -1- Ask me: Peck Hall 245 or 898-5461 or carleton@mtsu.edu
                                            -2- Visit The Washington Center website at: http://www.twc.edu/default.shtml

How To Apply:
Students we select for the scholarships will also eventually need to apply for admission to The Washington Center. Rather than have you complete two separate applications-- one for the TBR Scholarship and one for admission to The Washington Center-- we will use one form for both steps.

Thus, to apply, you will complete the application for The Washington Center and drop it off to me. After you have been selected for one of the scholarships, you will be able to take the same application and submit it to The Washington Center. This way, we minimize the paperwork you have to complete.

So, to apply, please:

Step 1 - Print off a copy of The Washington Center Application form:

Step 2 - Complete the application except for the sections entitled "Campus Liaison/Sponsor
               Agreement" and "Financial Information."

Step 3 - Enclose the materials requested in the "Additional Application Components" section:
            a) Letters of Recommendation
            b) Issues Essay
            c) Internship Request Statement
            d) Resume
            e) Transcripts

Step 4 - Drop the materials off to me: Dr. David Carleton, Peck Hall 245

Step 5 - Students who apply may be asked to come in for a short interview/discussion with me
               and other professors involved in the selection process.

Due Date: All the application materials need to be to me by
April 17, 2009.