Luther College is part of a consortium of thirteen Lutheran colleges that operate a Washington Semester program. The program is offered each semester, and students earn 14-16 credits, depending on the department sponsoring their internship.
The central feature of the program is a four-day-a-week internship (worth 6-8 credits). Melissa Bodnar, the internship coordinator, helps 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).
Luther students may earn Paideia II credit if they take The Global Agenda, Violence and Values, or American Diversity and do a number of reflective writings. Students attending in the Spring Semester can satisfy the J2 requirement.