Experiential Learning Semester at the CALL

At the CALL, undergraduates immerse themselves in the Experiential Learning Semester. Students receive one-on-one career coaching to help take complete ownership of their professional journeys. Over the course of the semester, students develop strong leadership skills and have a better sense of their personal, academic, and professional selves.  Resources and  a solid foundation of courses and workshops throughout the semester support and enhance their learning. 

From museums and halls of power to communities and neighborhoods, students experience D.C. in transformative ways.

Build Professional Capital

Drawing on the resources Georgetown and its alumni network has to offer, the CALL  helps students grow their professional capital as they hone the necessary skills in finding and applying for internships, strengthen their professional acumen during their internship, and deepen their networks to ensure greater future professional mobility and opportunities.

Working in conjunction with the Cawley Career Education Center, we developed a proven customized set of workshops to help with both securing and maximizing one’s DC-area internship.  Students take these workshops during the application process to help them be more confident in their search and it signals to the employer the quality of the student applicant. Students are also assigned a coach during the internship search process, and receive continued support during their Experiential Learning Semester.  Georgetown’s massive alumni network and strong relationships with employers across the District (not to mention worldwide), give students the introductions they need to intern at their dream sites and help them meet their professional goals.  During the internship, CALL staff works with one’s placement site to establish the quality of the internship experience, including expectations, goals and deliverables.

CALL students intern across the city at policy think tanks, start-ups, the arts, and in large institutional settings.  Students are encouraged to think beyond internships and consider other professional experiences like research and laboratory assistantships, creating their own non/for profit ventures, and other possibilities.  Whether through the self-designed option or the CALL’s curated semester program, students can fully immerse themselves within a particular field by connecting their work site to specific coursework

Selected list of internship partners and where students have interned previously:

  • Google 
  • Public Citizen
  • The State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs
  • Ashoka
  • Capitol Hill
  • Ayuda
  • Split This Rock
  • The Smithsonian
  • One DC
  • Democratic National Committee (DNC)
  • IBM
  • Mary’s Center
  • Global Americans
  • Department of Education
  • Everybody Water
  • D.C. Historical Society
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Autism Speaks

Live Downtown

CALL students live at the Noma Avalon located at 55 M Street NE. The building features 24-hour professionally-trained support staff, full kitchens, and social and classroom spaces.

This location offers students shorter and easier commutes to internship sites, and proximity to events in downtown DC. Students will take their courses at  the CALL Capitol Campus at 500 First Street, NW. 

All students receive public transportation subsidies as we want them to be able to travel to/from their internship, the different sites for the City Seminar, and to really learn the city. 

Georgetown is building a new residence facility downtown for students participating in the experiential learning semesters offered by the CALL.  This residence should open Fall 2022.