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ASU in Washington D.C.

Student Resources

ASU students have a wide range of opportunities and resources available to empower them to think big, collaborate across disciplines, and strive to make a positive impact on the world.

ASU’s presence in Washington, D.C. provides opportunities and experiences that broaden students’ understanding of national and international issues through interactions with thought leaders and policy makers in our nation’s capital. In addition to opportunities for current and recent ASU students, ASU also offers individual continuing-education courses for learners at any stage of life and leadership training programs for mid- to senior-level career professionals.

Student Opportunities

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From internships with the McCain Institute for International Leadership to the Capital Scholars program, student opportunities abound in Washington, D.C. Check out the Educational Opportunities tab to learn more about how you can get engaged in the nation's capital.  

Handshake is an online recruitment platform that helps ASU students and alumni find job and internship opportunities, explore career paths, connect with employers, and much more in Washington, DC and beyond.

Intern Housing in Washington, D.C.

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Washington Intern Student Housing’s (WISH) Woodley Park center is ASU’s preferred housing for Sun Devils interning, living and working for a semester in Washington, D.C. Located in the Northwest district of Washington, D.C., WISH Woodley Park center offers interns fully furnished housing just blocks from the Metro, in a neighborhood with restaurants, cafes and drugstores.


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Getting Around Town

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Will I need a car for a semester in D.C.? No way! Washington, D.C. is one of the most public transportation-friendly cities in the nation. From Metro rail and bus to bike and ride shares, getting around town has never been easier.


Washington, D.C.'s Metro is one of the busiest public transportation systems in the country. It's expansive netork of tunnels and above ground tracks connect all four quadrants of D.C. with suburban Virginia and Maryland. The system is heavily used by local commuters and it's a popular and convenient way to get around the area.

Fun Fact: ASU's Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center sits right on top of the Farragut West Metro station (18th Street exit). Talk about convenient! 

Metro's website provides a map of the system and time tables for all rail and bus lines. Before you start riding, you'll need to purchase a SmarTrip pass at any Metro station. Cash and credit cards accepted at all stations. 

Other modes of transportation

Check out Capital Bike Share, Zipcar and any number of car, scooter and bike sharing apps available on your smart phone. Uber, Lyft, LyftBike, Jump, Skip and Spin are all currently available in Washington, D.C. 

Things to do

Now that you know how to get around ... where do you want to go? There are literally hundreds of things to do in Washington, D.C. Check out this list. It's a great place to start getting to know your new city. 

ASU’s Washington Center

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The Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center expands ASU’s presence in the nation’s capital, spurring innovative national engagements and partnerships; providing one-of-a-kind learning, teaching and research opportunities for students and faculty members; facilitating ASU’s participation in high-level idea exchanges; and expanding the impact of groundbreaking research efforts.

The center houses ASU’s Washington, D.C.-based academic programs, including the Washington Bureau of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Rule of Law and Security program, the Capital Scholars program, and the McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders program, among many others. In addition to hosting classes and internships on-site, special lectures and seminars taught from the Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center are connected to classrooms in Arizona through video-conferencing technology.

Student Resources

As an ASU student in Washington, D.C., university resources are available to you. Below is a list of key resources for your reference. Please identify yourself as an ASU D.C. student when calling.

Student Advocacy and Assistance

Student Advocacy and Assistance guides students in resolving educational, personal and other campus impediments toward successful completion of your academic goals.

(480) 965-6547

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students serves to advance the vision of the New American University through design and delivery of programs and services that enhance the student experience and overall quality of student life. Student Advocacy and Assistance links students with appropriate university and community resources, agencies, and individuals, collaborates with faculty and staff in the best interest of the students, and follows through to bring efficient closure to student concerns.  We work closely with many other campus departments and programs to ensure appropriate referrals and resources are made available to all students regardless of their geographic location.

(480) 965-6547

Counseling Services

ASU Counseling Services offers confidential time-limited professional counseling and crisis services for students experiencing emotional concerns, problems in adjusting, and other factors that affect their ability to achieve their academic and personal goals. We will talk to you, help you identify solutions or support, and connect you with those services at ASU or in the community.

Counselor on Duty
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST, Monday thru Friday
(480) 965-6146

After Hours
EMPACT (480) 921-1006

Counseling support is also available for Sun Devils 24/7 at no cost. ASU Counseling Services now offers Open Call and Open Chat services and telehealth appointments for you at anytime, anywhere across the world. This service offers brief individual tele-therapy at both traditional and non-traditional times of day.

To learn more, visit Open Call and Open Chat and Where to Start.

Career Services

Your major is just one piece of the puzzle. Discover career opportunities based upon your skills, interests and passions. Career and Professional Development Services has made it easier than ever to discover a career path that is right for you.

Career Services
(480) 965-2350

Health Services

ASU Health Services is dedicated to the well-being and educational success of each individual student by providing high quality health care that is accessible, affordable, and compassionate.

Sexual and Relationship Violence Resources

Student Financial Assistance

ASU is committed to offering you a top quality education that provides the most value for your investment and prepares you for a lifetime of success. Financial Aid and Scholarship Services can assist via a network of resources.

Student Financial Assistance
(480) 965-3355

University Registrar

Connect with University Registrar Services to help with enrollment and academic records.

University Registrar
(480) 965-3124

Wellness Resources

ASU’s Live Well Community is dedicated to supporting you in your health and wellbeing journey.

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