To apply for The Washington Center (TWC) you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled at Ball State at the time of application (exception: applicants for the Postgraduate Professional Development Program)
  • Have sophomore standing or higher at the start of the program
  • Show strong academic progress, maturity and motivation, and the capacity to pursue independent study
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis)
  • Receive approval from Ball State’s campus liaison to The Washington Center

Contact Kyndra Haggard at 765-285-2436 to schedule an appointment to discuss eligibility and the application process. Do not submit your application until you’ve received her approval.

Required Application Materials

  • Online application, which includes a 100-word statement of professional interest
  • 500-word issues essay, which you’ll upload to the online system
  • One-page resumé, uploaded as a PDF document
  • Printed copy of your transcript (Have the Registrar’s Office send your printed transcript to The Washington Center. If you have attended other colleges or universities, you’ll need those transcripts as well.)
  • Two letters of recommendation

A detailed checklist of application materials is available on the center’s website.

After your application has been submitted in its entirety (including letters and transcript), barring any complications, you’ll be notified that you have been accepted to The Washington Center. You’ll then work with a TWC internship coordinator to arrange phone interviews and ultimately secure an internship.

Program Dates and Deadlines

See the TWC website for upcoming dates and deadlines.

Make every effort to meet the “priority deadline,” especially if you’re applying for the summer term, which is the most competitive period for TWC internships.

After You’ve Accepted an Internship Offer

It’s very important that you meet with Kyndra Haggard to arrange for your academic credit. You need to allow plenty of time before the end of the semester to meet with appropriate faculty or academic advisors in your department and complete the needed course credit paperwork.

After that paperwork is completed and course sections have been created for you, the final step is to register for the courses.

Don’t leave campus without completing these vital steps!