WLP courses offer participants an insider view of Washington and challenge students to think about their government in new ways. Participants register for 12 academic credits during the semester they are in Washington, DC: three each for two required seminars and six for the internship. Classes are held to the same high academic standards as on-campus classes, and they include reading assignments, research projects, writing requirements and exams. Outside speakers and field trips are also part of the curriculum.
The WLP has something for all majors and interests. All WLP participants, get an insider view of Washington and are challenged to think about their government in new ways. This is a special opportunity for IU students to learn from expert instructors and gain valuable professional experience.
Each student should speak with an academic advisor for their major to discuss how the classes can fit into their graduation requirements. Each school and major accepts the credits in a different way, so it is important to plan accordingly. All students in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) will receive credit toward their graduation requirements from participating in the program, but we recommend that students in other programs talk independently with their academic advisors to determine eligibility. Each candidate must collaborate with their schools program to verify that this fits within their graduation plans. International student must attend an advising appointment with the Office of International Students before applying.