DC Semester Program Spring 2024

The College of Charleston’s Washington, DC Semester Program for Democracy, Culture, and the Arts is an academic program beginning in the SPRING of 2024–application deadline will be early in the Fall term of 2023. The program Application and Checklist can be found here. 

DCSP is a program for students who want to experience working in Washington in a structured and supervised way, tapping the dynamic institutions of the Washington Metropolitan Area to provide major experiential learning opportunities. The academic components of the program and the internship coordination are provided by CofC professors. DCSP participants will receive up to 3 credits for the mandatory DCSP seminar, 6 credits for their full-time internship, and are free to fill their remaining credits with either a research project or online coursework at CofC.

Classes are to be held in the University of California Washington Center in the heart of the city. Students live in shared 2-bedroom apartments in downtown Washington, DC.

Learn more here!

Study at the American University of Ciaro

Study at the American University of Cairo. This program is supported by a generous scholarship from the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.

Applications for this exchange program are currently open for the Fall 2023 semester or Fall 2023-Spring 2024

Funding (up to $7,000 per semester; see attached flyer) is available for study in Cairo, Egypt, at the American University of Cairo.

Study a semester or full year in the city of the pyramids and pharaohs. To apply for funding,see the links in the attached flyer.

Applications are due April 15, 2023.

To learn more about the program, visit the Center of International Education website and review this flyer.

Please contact Melissa Ochal if you need any assistance with CofC exchange programs.

**Note: The deadline on flyer is not correct. The correct deadline is April 15th.

The Borgen Project Internship

The Borgen Project believes that the leaders of the most powerful nation on earth, the U.S., should be doing more to address global poverty.

The Borgen Project is an innovative national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis and make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

The Borgen Project has several internship and volunteer openings that may be of interest to students. Internships range from Political Affairs, HR, PR/Marketing, Writing, and Journalism.

All internship and volunteer programs provide experience in advocacy, mobilizing, and fundraising, coupled with real industry exposure and an insight into the nonprofit world.

The details of the different positions can be found on our website here.

Internship Location: The programs are based online, so can be undertaken from any location.

Internship Start Dates: We have new programs starting every month, as such applications can be received at any time, through our website. Interns choose the start date that is most appropriate for them.

Mentoring and Supervision: All of our internships have a designated manager who will ensure that our interns are offered an induction to the program and then support throughout the internship with regular online catch-up calls, training/discussion sessions, and are a point of contact for any questions or concerns throughout the program.

Internships are unpaid, but options to receive academic credit are available.

Feel free to contact Lynsey Alexander with any questions about The Borgen Project and internship programs.

Join the inaugural Launch X Cohort

The Launch X course explores different dilemmas entrepreneurs may encounter in launching their new ventures.

Each week will focus on a particular dilemma: Is the right team in place to build the company? How do you source the product sustainably?  Does the company have the funding needed to launch its expansion? How to deal with a partner who has gone rogue?

Students will utilize their own new ventures to debate potential solutions. The course will culminate in a Shark-Tank-style pitch for funding. 

Launch X will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in Beatty 120 (Impact X room) from 3:25 to 4:40. The course will be taught by Troy Knauss, an experienced entrepreneur, and investor in over 60 startups.

Interested students should apply for the Fall 2023 cohort here!

STEAM + ImpactX: Storytelling with Data and Impact X

Students interested in peer mentoring, storytelling, and pitching – Welcome to the Fall 2023 Honors STEAM + ImpactX Mentoring Cohort!

All Honors College Students – especially business and STEM majors – are invited to apply for one of the two Fall 23′ STEAM + Impact X Mentoring Cohorts.

HONS 265 (Storytelling with Data) and HONS 390 (Honors Impact X) are both being offered this Fall and heavily emphasize aspects of Mentoring and Storytelling, as well as several other benefits, including;

  • Learn how to tell/ share your story with data
  • Explore entrepreneurial concepts and innovative business strategies
  • Participate in pitch competitions and give public presentations
  • Attend networking events with Charleston-area entrepreneurs
  • Receive regular mentorship from peers, program alumni, and faculty

Students may apply for either course by March 31. Priority will be given to students who have taken HONS 205. Apply here: HONS 265 & HONS 390

Please contact Professor Affonso for any additional information.

Paid Research Opportunity with the Hart Lab

An NIH-funded research project here in Charleston is looking for a student research assistant.

The research: Investigating microplastic and phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins to understand how humans can impact the marine environment.

The Opportunity: Student researchers will participate in fieldwork with the project lead (Dr. Leslie Hart, Public Health), assist with sample preparation (including fish dissection), assist a graduate student with laboratory analyses of fish and bottlenose dolphin samples, perform literature searches and reviews, curate databases, and assist with statistical analyses and the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations.

  • This is a paid ($11/hr) year-long opportunity (with the potential to last for several years); students will dedicate ~10 hours weekly during the academic year and 20 hours weekly during the summer.

Benefits include developing new field work and lab skills, training on statistical and scientific methods, enhancing your scientific writing and presentation skills, and more. It’s also a project with Honors Immersed and Bachelor’s Essay potential!

Learn more: Click below for more details and application instructions. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Research opportunity:

I am seeking a research assistant to help with a study that will investigate microplastic and phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins and their prey.  Undergraduate students involved in this study will participate in fieldwork with the project lead (Dr. Leslie Hart, Public Health), assist with sample preparation (including fish dissection), assist a graduate student with laboratory analyses of fish and bottlenose dolphin samples, perform literature searches and reviews, curate databases, and assist with statistical analyses and the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations.  The project team will meet weekly to set monthly goals, assess project needs, evaluate project status, discuss challenges, schedule deliverables, and review topic-related journal articles.  Training on statistical methods and scientific methods will occur throughout the academic year during these weekly meetings.

Timeline and time commitment:

Students interested in this project should be prepared to assist with research during the 2023-2024 academic year and summer 2024.  Preference will be given to students interested in assisting for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years (including summer 2024). Because sample collection, processing, and analysis will occur throughout the year, students will dedicate approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summer months, at $11/hr.

Students engaging in this research opportunity will:

  1. Participate in field research
  2. Prepare biological samples for laboratory analyses
  3. Develop new ecotoxicological laboratory skills
  4. Perform a targeted literature search and develop a literature matrix
  5. Formulate testable research hypotheses and perform statistical analyses
  6. Enhance their scientific writing and presentation skills


  • US Citizen
  • Full-time student at the College of Charleston
  • Research assistants will be expected to commit at least 10 hours per week during the academic year and at least 20 hours per week in the summer
  • Research assistants will be expected to travel (domestically) for fieldwork (funding will be provided)

If you are interested, please send questions and the following materials to Dr. Hart (hartlb@cofc.edu) by no later than May 1, 2023

  • Updated CV or Resume that includes all extracurricular activities and employment plans (for academic years and summers)
  • Year of Study, Major, Academic Achievements
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Statement of Interest (500 words) that includes all of the following:
    • Previous research experience, if applicable
    • What you can offer to the project and how long would you like to work on this project?
    • What you would like to get out of this experience?
    • Why you are interested in participating in this (or any) research?
    • Please describe your specific time management strategies
    • Any other relevant information that you would like to share

Research Opportunity in Cardiovascular Biology

The Kern lab has openings for undergraduate research that uses mice as models of disease.

This is a basic science position that utilizes standard techniques that allow analyzing different normal and abnormal cardiovascular structures (no experience required).

This is a full-time position with the opportunity to continue throughout the school year. This opportunity is great for rising Seniors, Juniors, and potentially Sophomores to potentially earn Honors Immersed/Bachelor’s Essay Credit .

Students can apply by emailing Dr. Kern and providing a statement of how this opportunity might help in career goals and providing the email of a professor as a reference.

Students may learn more here!

Honors Immersed Option: Summer Study Abroad Program in London for PSYC Students

Get psyched in London! Explore historical and current contributions of British psychologists with a summer study abroad program.

The Opportunity: Travel to London June 12-July 15 and take History of British Psychology taught by CofC professor and Honors Faculty Fellow Dr. Chad Galuska.

Benefits: Dive into an advanced exploration of domain areas of psychology through a British lens.

  • Professor Galuska has made the course available to fulfill the Honors Immersed requirement
  • The course will also transfer back to CofC as two upper-level Psychology classes: PSYC 3MM and PSYC 410 (Special Topics II)

Great fit for: Psychology majors / Aspiring Philosophers and Neuroscientists / Anglophiles

Learn More: Check out the program website and contact Professor Galuska (galuskac@cofc.edu) for next steps!