Since 2010, eight Lander University political science and history majors have completed Washington Semester Internships sponsored by the University of South Carolina Honors College.
Next spring, Lander will introduce its own program, enabling students in any major to spend a semester in the nation's capital.
It's called Lander in Washington, and faculty liaison, assistant political science professor Dr. Chad Kinsella, said Lander is working with the Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) program, which arranges internships for academically qualified students and provides housing for them on Capitol Hill.
Internship possibilities include the White House, FBI, the Supreme Court, media outlets and nonprofit organizations, among others.
Students will earn 12 to 15 hours of credit and the cost will be approximately the same as a semester at Lander. Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.
Kinsella described Lander in Washington as an additional program that will be of interest to and attract certain students, making the university more competitive with other schools.