Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
Washington Learning Program

Frequently Asked Questions

This list gets longer every year. If you have browsed through the entire D.C. Program website - not just this page - and have not had your question answered, please email me.

May I apply to the program if I do not meet the requirements? ~ Show Answer

Yes, you may. Include a cover letter in your application package and identify the academic and personal reasons that would make you a legitimate exception to the requirements. Also, please understand that selection for the program first goes to those students who meet the minimum requirements.

Can I participate in the program during the summer? ~ Show Answer

No.  At this point, the program only operates during the fall and spring semesters.

Do I have to be in a specific department to participate? ~ Show Answer

Absolutely not. Students from all six colleges can participate in the D.C. Program.

Can I receive credit for my internship? ~ Show Answer

Yes, you can receive academic credit for your internship. The amount of credit you receive varies by department. College of Business students receive 3 credits for their internship. Other departments award 3-9 credits for internships. Please check the internship guidelines for your department to find out how many credits you may receive for a full-time internship (30-40 hours per week).

Who do we room with? ~ Show Answer

Students live in a suite with three double bedrooms. You may request a roommate. If you do not request a roommate, you will most likely be in a suite with other Butler students. Several other universities and colleges rent rooms in the Washington Center, so students will have the opportunity to meet students from Notre Dame, South Carolina, Colorado, and Montana, to name a few.

Can I carry internship credits in more than one department? ~ Show Answer

Yes, as long as you follow the guidelines from each department.

Can I enroll in an internship course outside my major? ~ Show Answer

Students wishing to enroll in an internship course outside their major must meet with the faculty internship coordinator in the department for which they wish to receive credit and explain their situation to him/her. Most departments only allow their majors to register for internships, however, exceptions might be made. These exceptions are up to the individual departments.

How are internship sites determined? ~ Show Answer

The semester prior to participating in the program, every applicant meets with our D.C. internship coordinator, Ivo Spalatin. During these meetings, the student discusses his/her academic major and career interests with Mr. Spalatin. When Mr. Spalatin returns to D.C., he contacts companies and organizations to find internship sites for students.

May I receive Honors credit for a course I take in DC? ~ Show Answer

Yes, you may. You must contact the  Honors Program Coordinator to discuss options.

May I receive GHS credit for spending a semester in DC? ~ Show Answer

No, you may not. Sorry.

Can the DC Seminars (one-credit pass/fail courses) count toward my major? ~ Show Answer

No, because they are pass/fail courses. If your department wishes to substitute a DC Seminar with a departmental course for one-credit, you may enroll in that department course.

Do the DC Seminars count towards my maximum of four pass/fail courses? ~ Show Answer

No, they do not, as they are only one credit each.

Are internships paid? ~ Show Answer

The majority of internship sites in D.C. do not pay interns. Students usually work Monday through Thursday while in D.C., so it is possible to pick up a weekend part-time job at one of the restaurants, hotels, and retail stores within walking distance of the residence hall.

Can an adjunct faculty member or lecturer supervise an independent study? ~ Show Answer

Yes.

Can a non-Butler professor write my faculty letter or recommendation? ~ Show Answer

Yes.

Are TV's, phones, sheets, etc. provided by the Washington Center? ~ Show Answer

WISH provides a  TV (with cable) and internet connections for each suite. Phones are not provided. Students should bring their own sheets for the twin beds (extra long).

Do I need my car in DC? ~ Show Answer

No, you do not. The city and surrounding areas (including Baltimore and Annapolis) are completely accessible by bus, metro and Amtrak trains. Taxi cabs with DC are not expensive. However, if you cannot live without your car, there are two garages available to park it in: one is a couple of blocks from the Washington Center, the other is at the Rosslyn metro stop. Monthly parking fees will range from $90.00-$150.00 per month.