WASHINGTON, DC — May 27, 2010 – The largest housing facility exclusively for interns will open its doors May 26, 2010 in the nation’s capital. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) brings students from over 400 colleges and universities across the United States to Washington, DC each year and now these students have the option to live in a new 140,000 square feet campus. .
“Our new facility will allow us to provide a complete academic and residential experience for our students. Because of the support of our donors, students will be able to live in their apartments, work out in the fitness center, attend class in the classrooms and lectures in the auditorium, and relax, or go on line, in the student or computer lounges,” said TWC President, Mike Smith.
The $38 million, six-story housing facility will be a central hub for students, with 95 residences, a 500-seat auditorium, six classrooms, a student lounge, a fitness center and parking areas. This summer alone, TWC will offer 32 academic courses in the building.
Accessible to public transportation, the campus is located near four metro rail stations. Each student residence will be fully functional with a kitchen, washer/dryer, and high-speed internet access. Students can choose from a studio, one or two bedroom unit and stay the length of their academic program, whether it’s spring, summer or fall.
This facility also provides an economic boost for the growing NOMA district. “The Washington Center will bring more than 300 students to NoMa — marking the first new residential building within the NoMa BID,” said NoMa Business Improvement District President Liz Price. “We are looking forward to several other residential openings this year, making NoMa a true 24-hour community.”
The new housing facility opens just before InternsROCK!™ —a city-wide intern appreciation week set for June 11-18, 2010. In conjunction with TWC, MTV-U and Destination DC, InternsROCK!™ is an initiative to honor the approximately 20,000 interns who flock to the DC-metro area each year to work at local businesses, non-profits and government agencies.
Throughout the week, area restaurants, retailers and music venues will offer 20 percent off, 30 percent off and/or buy one, get one free discounts to interns wearing InternsROCK! wristbands.
Media interested in touring the new intern campus can do so by appointment on June 2, 2010 and images of the building are available. Contact Korenna Cline at [email protected] for details. To learn more about InternsROCK!, go to www.internsrockdc.com.
About The Washington Center
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 40,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.
NoMa is a mixed-use neighborhood north of Massachusetts Avenue and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Between 2007-2009, private developers have invested more than $1.5 billion in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space over the next 15 years. More than 5,000 new employees and residents will move into NoMa in 2010. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, visit the BID Web site at http://nomabid.wpengine.com.