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LCWS Students in DC

Lutheran College Washington Semester


Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Bridge

Opportunity awaits.

There are few better ways to prepare for your future than by spending a semester living, studying, and interning in Washington, D.C. 


The Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) is a small, personalized internship program through which students can pursue academic and professional opportunities in the nation’s capital.  As a consortium of thirteen institutions of higher education, LCWS brings students together from across the country, and around the world, for experiential learning opportunities in Washington, D.C.  Fall and spring semester students intern four full days per week for fourteen weeks.  Through the internship, students strengthen their skills, deepen their understanding of the professional world, and gain unparalleled experience that will set them apart when seeking full-time employment after graduation.  Students also pursue two academic courses in a variety of subject areas to augment their professional endeavors.  The coursework and the internship complement one another, enabling students to gain valuable insight and experience in their chosen field of study.  Upon successful completion of the semester, students earn a full semester of academic credit from their college or university. 


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Prepare for your future.

What separates LCWS from other academic programs in Washington, D.C.?  Without a doubt, it’s the internship experience. 


While D.C. is best known for being the center of the federal government, LCWS works with students of all majors to identify internship opportunities that align with their unique interests and provide real-world experience to further their academic and career goals.  During the fall and spring semesters, students intern four full days per week. The near full-time internship is the highlight of the LCWS program and provides students with concrete, real-world professional experience.

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Discover D.C.

Be both a local, and a tourist, with LCWS.

Millions of people travel to the nation’s capital every year.  With over 160 monuments and memorials, and over 40 museums and galleries, Washington, D.C., provides visitors and locals, alike, with an abundance of recreational, educational, and cultural destinations.  To ensure that students are taking advantage of all that D.C. has to offer, LCWS organizes field trips, lectures, and seminars at various sites throughout the D.C. area every Friday of the semester.  These events are designed to expose students to the many aspects of life that together make Washington, D.C., one of the most vibrant cities in the world.  As such, field trips engage students in D.C. culture, arts, government, science and technology, communication, leadership, history, and community engagement.  Each Friday event is exclusive to LCWS, providing students with access to value-added field trips and programs throughout the D.C. area.

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Member Institutions

Augustana University (SD)

California Lutheran University

Concordia College (Moorhead)

Concordia University Chicago
(Including all Concordia Univ. System Schools)

Gettysburg College

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Luther College


Muhlenberg College

Roanoke College

Susquehanna University

Thiel College

Valparaiso University

Wittenberg University

View of Washington Monument and Smithsonian Museums

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