Opportunities, Research & Fellowships
If you are a highly able student who craves an extraordinary college experience, Washington College can help you stand out among your peers in the job market or graduate school application process.
Do You at Washington College
With an exceptional array of internships, fellowship programs, study abroad opportunities, and summer undergraduate research, Washington College is an ideal place for you to begin your journey.
The Chesapeake Semester
Sailing on skipjacks, camping, and fishing are just part of an unusual syllabus whereby students devote an entire semester to the study of North America’s largest estuary. The four-course Chesapeake Semester is offered every fall through the College’s Center for Environment & Society.
The Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows is the College’s flagship academic enrichment program. Junior Fellows grants are highly competitive. To receive project funding, applicants are expected to prepare well-crafted proposals for consideration by the Junior Fellows Advisory Council, comprising the Provost and Dean of the College, the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, the Chairs of the three Divisions (or their designates), the Curator, and the Student President and Vice President of the Society.
Our graduates affirm that experience really is the best teacher. And in this job market, real-world experience can help you land that first job. Over the past decade, the semester-long Maryland General Assembly internship in Annapolis has launched at least 12 political careers.The departments of art, political science, business management, economics, international studies, and sociology offer a full semester of academic credit for internships available in the nation’s capital. With funding from the Johnson Internship Program, business students have interned with financial services companies, fashion designers, and national magazines.
John S. Toll Fellows Program
Admitted applicants who have expressed interest in studying biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics, or psychology may be invited to apply for an apprenticeship in the John S. Toll Fellows Program. Apprentices are encouraged to assist faculty and senior Toll Fellows who are working on projects in the lab.
Argentina. Italy. South Africa. Thailand. These are just a few of the study-abroad destinations Washington College students can choose. In addition to semester- or year long exchange programs and class trips during the school year, WC offers summer programs in Bermuda, China, Ecuador, England, and Tanzania. New this year is a winter term trip to Israel.
Senior Capstone Experience
Biology majors complete independent laboratory or field research projects. Theatre & Dance students stage their own shows. History majors research and develop senior theses that demonstrate evidence of their interpretive skills. Required of all graduating seniors, the Senior Capstone Experience is the culmination of the undergraduate experience, intended to demonstrate your ability to think critically and to engage in a project of active learning within your major field of study.
Senior Capstone Experience
Your adventure begins here.
Participants will study the complex history, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake
as a microcosm of the challenges and transitions confronting coastal communities around
the world. Using the College and the shores and waters of the Chester River as base
camps, students will journey in, on and around the 64,000 square mile watershed.
Requiring a grade point average of 3.6 or better, membership in The Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows is offered to students who achieve distinction among the school’s top scholars. At Society meetings—open to the entire student body and to faculty and staff—Junior Fellows who have completed their independent projects funded by the Society give short presentations about their experiences. The Cater Society of Junior Fellows also sponsors several social events throughout the year.
The Roy Ans Fellowship in Jewish-American Studies offers a $2,500 stipend for a sophomore or junior completing a research project related to the Jewish-American experience in any area of study offered by Washington College.
The Starr Center’s annual Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship brings to campus scholars, writers, musicians and others engaged in the study or interpretation of African-American history or a related field. The fellowship also offers Washington College students and faculty a chance to spend time with some of today’s leading thinkers in the arts and humanities.
Internships are an important part of the student’s career journey as they move through the four-year developmental process. Research demonstrates that students who perform at least one internship while in college find meaningful work and can match their skills once they have completed their Bachelor’s degree. Many employers convert interns into full-time employees upon graduation.
The JSTF Program is a research-focused community that commemorates Washington College’s 25th president, Dr. John Toll who served as president from 1995-2004. His support strengthened the foundation of the natural sciences both intellectually and financially here at Washington College. Thus, this program honors his commitment and enthusiasm for academia and research.
The goal of the JSTF Program is to support the academic and research activities of student scholars within the natural sciences and mathematics division. Programming during the academic year includes opportunities to promote and support students interested in research, including - but not limited to - research shadowing opportunities in the lab and field, meetings with invited researchers, and mentorship opportunities. These opportunities are meant to provide members of the JSTF Program with additional experiences to help them grow their interest in research and increase their likelihood of obtaining research-based positions, including internships.
One of the goals of the Global Education Office is to foster an intercultural education experience for both current WC students who want to study abroad and incoming international students. Washington College has 30 partner institutions all over the world, and all WC students can start studying abroad as early as their second-semester sophomore year!
Pictured on the right is the Kiplin Hall Program, "Hiking the Liberal Arts" in England. Click here to learn more.