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Washington, DC Project Center
Washington, DC, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: B term
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: B term
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Kent Rissmiller
Center Highlights:
Domestic, Urban
Housing Type:
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 Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Project Types: Projects tend to support these agencies in their mission whether marine safety or funding research in areas of national need.

Project Examples

  • U.S. Coast Guard – Creation of a decision tool for harbormasters to use in deploying resources to respond to a marine emergency in the vicinity of harbors.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission - Examining the effectiveness playground surfaces in preventing injuries in children.
  • U.S. Department of Energy - Analyzing data regarding well-field accidents in eastern natural gas fields to determine how to improve wellhead casings.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2015-2016 05/03/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
B term 2016-2017 07/28/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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