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Benefits of Being in D.C.

The George Washington University’s strategic location affords incomparable resources. GW’s position at the center of the nation’s capital provides the University community with access to policymakers, political leaders and opinion makers. Many of our distinguished faculty members are drawn from this community, and our alumni have gone on to join their ranks. Our students have unmatched opportunities for work and internships with leading governmental, international and nonprofit agencies and institutions. Campus events, including lectures and seminars, allow the GW community to interact with these talented and influential leaders.

Beyond its proximity to the centers of politics, policy and law, the University’s presence in Washington puts it at the nexus of research and commerce in essential industries, including industries of the future. The D.C. region serves as a hub for information science and technology, communications and media, and biomedical, biotechnical and basic research of all kinds. The National Institutes of Health sit just a few miles from GW’s downtown campus, and cutting-edge technology firms line the Virginia corridor from the Foggy Bottom Campus to GW’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Loudoun County.

Washington, D.C., provides the GW community with access to some of the finest arts and culture in the country, from theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts to the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington is also rich in popular culture, with countless venues for musical and comedy performers.

By virtue of Washington’s position as an international crossroads, GW benefits from access to people, ideas and cultural and educational resources from around the world. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States are all within walking distance of campus. An awareness of global perspectives informs GW’s educational enterprise.

At GW, students, faculty and the administration continuously cultivate relationships throughout the metropolitan area to fully leverage the University’s unusual access, paving the way for countless special opportunities, including:

Experiential Learning

GW’s cooperative education program gives students a chance to gain paid experience—primarily in the federal government— that directly relates to their academic field of study. Students “co-op” at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks a semester.

Service Learning

GW sponsors a variety of programs and activities that use community service—particularly to disadvantaged populations—to enhance and apply learning. For example, the Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) provides a wide range of health-related services for marginalized, underserved or uninsured D.C. residents. Schools, departments and faculty members establish and manage these programs.


Internships open doors to career options and work experiences that help our students develop professional networks, build their resumes and hone practical skills. Whether paid or unpaid, for credit or not, their success depends on a firm commitment by both employers and students to expand students' knowledge and capabilities by actively taking part in day-to-day operations.