Luther College is part of a consortium of eleven Lutheran colleges that operate a Washington Semester program.
The central feature of the program is a four-day-a-week internship (usually worth eight credits). The program director and her assistants locate internships based on the student's desire and needs. Internships are not limited to students studying political science; there are many opportunities for students in communications, the arts, history and museum studies, economics and business, and environmental studies, among others.
In addition, each student takes two courses. (Each class is worth four credits each.) Luther students may earn Paideia II credit if they take The Global Agenda and do a number of reflective writings. Students choose a second course from a list provided by Dr. Nancy Joyner, the program director (past courses have included Political Communication, Art and Architecture in the Nation's Capital, Violence and Values, and Business and Public Policy).