The year was 1975. A sense of cultural and political upheaval pervaded the country. Yet, for William (Bill) M. Burke, possibility, promise and optimism remained abundant, and dwelled in the next generation of college students. Amongst the Washington, D.C. landscape, Bill perceived the opportunity to help college students enhance their traditional academic experience, and Bill and colleague Sheila A. McRevey founded The Washington Center to provide access to these opportunities for students of all backgrounds.
Nearly 85% of TWC participants receive some form of financial assistance to participate in our programs. Your support will continue to make it possible for us to provide world-class experiential learning opportunities for students of all backgrounds.
Over the last 45 years, with the support of colleges and universities, employers, state legislatures, U.S. and international governments, corporations and foundations, staff, board members and our own alumni, we've helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into successful career paths. Share #MyTWCStory by filling out a short form and you’ll be featured on our social media channels.
"An internship, if you do a good job, those three months can put you on a trajectory that will help you over 10, 20 years."
KaBriya Baldwin came to TWC from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock not knowing what type of career she wanted to pursue. Her experience working with victims of discrimination at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission helped her discover her passion for helping people.
While we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s in-person celebration event, our students still need your support! In honor of your own monumental experience with TWC, we invite you to celebrate The Washington Center’s 45th Anniversary by joining our community of supporters that have contributed to our special 45th Anniversary Fund. Learn more.
Thanks to our Alumni community for submitting these photos!