Few experiences are as profitable as the training you will receive on BYU's Washington Seminar. Through a quality internship in Washington, D.C., briefings on current national issues, tours, and excursions, you will gain a valuable supplement to your education and the chance to be better prepared for your career.
For two decades the Washington Seminar has provided students from every academic discipline the opportunity to encounter the culture and excitement of the nation's capital while gaining important professional experience. Alumni of the seminar consider it one of the most significant aspects of their university training.

An Overview of the Washington Seminar Program.

D.C. Capitol
The Washington Seminar is anxious to provide you with a well-rounded, substantive experience in the nation's capital. This is accomplished through:
  • Placement opportunities with many government and private offices to provide you with the best possible internship.
  • Discussion sessions with students and faculty on current topics of national interest.
  • Group excursions to historic sites in the Washington, D.C. area including Gettysburg, PA and Philadelphia, PA.
  • A resident BYU faculty member who monitors your internship to help ensure a quality experience.
  • An orientation class to help prepare you for the seminar experience, conducted prior to departing for Washington, D.C.
  • Weekly briefings and lectures from representatives of public and private organizations to broaden your knowledge and experience.
The Washington Seminar has a full-time, on campus administrator available to help arrange your internship and prepare you for the program. In addition, a member of the BYU faculty will live in Washington D.C., during the semester to monitor your internship, provide instruction, organize supplemental activities, and deal with any problems that may arise.


When is the Seminar?

The Washington Seminar is conducted year-round, offering semester- or term-length internship programs that correspond to the BYU academic schedule. You may choose to participate during the Fall, Winter or Spring-Summer semester (about fourteen weeks each), or for seven weeks during either the Spring or Summer terms. Admission preference is given to applicants for the longer and more rewarding fourteen week program. Application deadlines are several months before the program begins.

How much does it cost?

It is possible for you to participate in the Washington Seminar for only a little more than the average student spends during a semester on campus. Contact the Washington Seminar office for specific information on student expenses. Married students may find their cost to be about 20 to 30 percent higher. The Washington Seminar collects only tuition and rent so you are able to control the majority of your expenses while participating in the program. To see the averages of what our past students spent, click here.

Financial Aid

Because you may be considered a full-time student while enrolled in the Washington Seminar, any scholarships, loans, or grants you may receive can be applied toward your costs on this program. The Washington Seminar also administers grants that are awarded to participants based upon their financial need. To apply for a Washington Seminar Grant, click here.

Is there housing available?

Thanks to the generous gifts of the Milton A. Barlow family and others, in May 2002, BYU students participating on the Washington Seminar program began living in the newly renovated Milton A. Barlow Center located on the west end of Pennsylvania Ave. Housing is available for single and married students participating on the Washington Seminar. Rent for the fall or winter semesters is $1,250 for single students and $2,100 for married students without children, and for the combination spring/summer semester, it is $1,600 for single students and $2,600 for married students without children. The Barlow Center does not have housing for married students with children. Only students participating on the Washington Seminar program may stay in the Barlow Center.
Barlow Center Dedicatory Prayer
Pictures of and articles on the Milton A. Barlow Center.
Take a virtual tour.
See pictures of the construction.

Where do I attend church?

During the program, unmarried Washington Seminar students will attend the Washington DC 2nd Ward (YSA). Past students often say that their experiences in the ward are among the best they had and are included in their fondest memories. For directions to the meeting house, click here. Married students will attend a family ward in the Washington DC Stake. We encourage interns to be actively involved in the ward to which they are assigned.
Interns also may, and are encouraged to, attend Institute.

Who is eligible?

Qualified BYU students from all academic fields are encouraged to participate in the Washington Seminar. To be eligible you must be an upper-division (completed 60 graded credits) or graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and be in good academic and honors code standing with BYU. Current course work is counted in the number of credits, but Advanced Placement courses are not. All applicants are carefully screened and evaluated on the basis of attitude, maturity, judgment, ability to take responsibility, and academic and professional skills. After acceptance into the Washington Seminar, applicants are screened by potential sponsors, who make the final decision on which interns are selected for their offices. Students who have arranged their own internships are encouraged to apply.

Is there an orientation?

You are required to enroll in a one-credit preparatory class the semester before leaving for Washington.
Political Science 297 is the orientation class which may be taken only by Washington Seminar students. For those attending the Fall semester, the class is offered the second block of Winter semester. For those attending Spring and/or Summer, the class is offered first block of Winter semester. And for those attending Winter semester, the class is offered second block of Fall semester. Registration for the course requires department approval. See the Washington Seminar secretary for details.
This course will help prepare you to have a successful internship. If you have not completed an introductory American government course, you can take an additional credit of Political Science 297, which will serve as an American government primer.


We encourage early application to help ensure that all materials are received by the deadline. However, no admission decisions will be made until after the deadline.
  • Winter Semester: September 26th
  • Spring/Summer Semester: November 1st
  • Fall Semester: January 31st
If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted through the following Monday, if there are Seminar openings still available. Note that some internships have earlier deadlines (i.e. the U.S. Department of State). Check the internship database in the Washington Seminar Office (945 SWKT) for details about specific internship providers.

How do I apply?

Application instructions and forms are available online.
If you have arranged your own internship and would like to participate on the Washington Seminar, use this application.