Washington Program

Student Responsibilities

Now that you have been accepted to the Washington Program, we consider you a Washington, D.C., professional employee. Congratulations! The next few months will be crucial in preparing to work, study, and live in Washington and we ask that you cooperate fully in this preparation. Your cooperation is important because a great deal needs to be done in a short period of time. Our expectations are that you will attend all your classes in Claremont this semester and respond promptly to our email correspondence with you. The expectation is you will attend all required meetings without receiving reminders from our office. Our assumption is that if you cannot organize your time to satisfactorily complete this preparation, you are not ready for a semester in our nation’s capital. Lastly, remember we are here to help you, so do not hesitate to call on us.

The requirements related to this preparation include:

  1. Attending the Orientation meeting. We will discuss finding an internship and housing.
  2. Attending the dinner with program alumni.
  3. Attending the Final Update meeting to finalize your leaving campus.
  4. Submitting a list of organizations with which you would like to intern.
  5. Submitting by the deadline these required forms: Insurance Authorization, Intern Clearance, Information Release, Health Form, Transcript Release, Emergency Contact and Housing (CMC only). CMC students please give the housing form to Lyn Hughes in the Dean of Students office. Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps, and HMC students must inquire with their deans of housing to make arrangements for housing.
  6. Submit an updated copy of your résumé if requested in your acceptance letter.
  7. Revise your greeting message on your cellphone and change your privacy settings on Facebook. Ensure that prospective employers will be impressed with you when they telephone or check your Facebook page.
  8. Actively pursue an internship. This entails making follow-up calls to Washington to check on the status of your application(s), maintaining regular contact with Dr. Spalding, and responding to all emails.
  9. Get to know the group of students going to D.C.
  10. Actively seek housing in D.C.
  11. Achieve a minimum of 9.0 GPA in four courses the semester prior to attending the program.