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Lutheran College Washington Semester | An Experience of a Lifetime | Students | Friendship
Kathryn Fogleman

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Lutheran College Washington Semester | An Experience of a Lifetime | Student Experience | Internship

The Lutheran College Washington Semester was, without a doubt, the most formative experience of my undergraduate career.



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Adventure Awaits

Are you ready for An Experience of a Lifetime?  With the Lutheran College Washington Semester, you can . . .

  • Live, study and intern in our nation’s capital, one of the most dynamic, exciting and powerful cities in the world.

  • Experience and enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities, resources and events that you won’t find anywhere else. 

  • Form lifelong, rewarding friendships with other students from around the country and world.

  • Learn from professors who bring a wealth of knowledge and professional experiences from the field into the classroom.

  • Explore a multi-cultural and historical city unlike any other in the world.

  • Be mentored by established professionals through a competitive internship placement based on your unique interests and career goals.

  • Build your professional network early, and learn how to leverage your connections for future career opportunities.

  • Gain confidence, independence and clarity with real-world, practical experiences that will teach you more about yourself and the future career you want to pursue.


Fall & Spring Semesters

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) 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.  Semester 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. 

Visit our Fall & Spring Semesters page for more information on the LCWS semester experience, application requirements, and costs.  Semester applications are accepted on a rolling basis until space is filled.  However, to meet most internship application deadlines, we recommend the following timelines:

Fall Semesters

Early Action Submission Date (Recommended): March 1

Application Deadline: April 1

Spring Semesters

Early Action Submission Date (Recommended): August 1

Application Deadline: October 15

Summer Residential Program

If a traditional fall or spring semester experience will not fit into your undergraduate plan of study, our Summer Residential Program is a great alternative! The Summer Residential Program allows you to live in our fully furnished penthouse condos in Rosslyn, VA while you look for or start a new job in D.C., take on a summer internship, or simply immerse yourself in the bustle of our Nation's Capital during your summer break.


 The Summer Program is purely residential; LCWS does not offer coursework, internship assistance, or academic programming during the summer. The Summer Residential Program is available for all students and alumni of LCWS member institutions.

Visit our Summer Residential Program page for a breakdown of current costs, timelines, and the summer application form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until space is filled. 

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