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 12-16 credits, depending on the department sponsoring their internship.
The central feature of the program's weekly schedule is a four-day-a-week internship. These are worth 4-8 credits, depending on the department overseeing the internship. LCWS's 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 450 credit if they take The Global Agenda, Violence and Values, or American Diversity and do a number of reflective writings. Students attending the Washington semester can satisfy the J2 requirement.
The Lutheran College Washington Semester is a small, personalized internship program where students live, study, and intern while earning a full semester of academic credit from their college. Located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, VA, across the Key Bridge from Georgetown, students enjoy condo living while the LCWS maintains administrative offices, classrooms, computer lab, conference room, and study lounge.