DC Learning Semester FAQ
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.
No. At this point, the program only operates during the fall and spring semesters.
Absolutely not. Students from all six colleges can participate in the DC Semester.
Yes, you can receive academic credit for your internship. The amount of credit you receive varies by department. Lacy School 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).
Students live in double or triple suites. Space permitting, students may request their preference both for the suite and their roommate(s). 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.
Yes, as long as you follow the guidelines from each department.
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.
The spring semester prior to participating in the program, every applicant meets with our DC internship coordinator, Dr. Judi Morrel. During these meetings, the student discusses his/her academic major and career interests with Dr. Morrel. When she returns to DC, she contacts companies and organizations to find internship sites for students.
Yes, you may. You must contact the Honors Program Director to discuss options.
No, you may not. Sorry.
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.
No, they do not, as they are only one credit each.
The majority of internship sites in D.C. do not pay interns. Students usually work Monday through Thursday while in DC, 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.
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).
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.