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Washington, DC Project Center
Washington, DC, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: B term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: B term
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
B Term
Project Opportunities:
Kent Rissmiller
Center Highlights:
Domestic, Urban
Shared rooms in a hotel
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

Washington, DCLocation

The Washington, D.C., Project Center offers students the opportunity to work on projects with prestigious sponsoring agencies while living in the heart of the District of Columbia. The Project Center is located in an attractive neighborhood near DuPont Circle, the National Mall, businesses, embassies, and international agencies. Students can take advantage of this ideal location and easy access to the Metro to enjoy an endless supply of free museums, national monuments, and impressive buildings that house the seat of national government.


Many projects have been completed with agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Projects offer an opportunity to examine the inner workings of government and the importance of national action in areas of the environment, science education, urban issues, and consumer protection.

Project Examples

U.S. Coast Guard - Investigating causes and offering solutions to decrease the number of false activations of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons used for search and rescue missions

Consumer Product Safety Commission - Examining the effectiveness of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s playground equipment categorization system 

U.S. Department of Energy - Analyzing data regarding regulator violations related to the casing and cementing of shale gas extraction wells

This program is currently not accepting applications.