City Semester Programs

City Semester Internship Programs

Philadelphia Center
| Washington Center | Chicago Programs

Hanover College is affiliated with The Philadelphia Center (TPC), The Washington Center (TWC), and the Chicago Programs, which offer semester-long urban internship programs. We strongly encourage you to consider attending one of these great programs, through which you will:

  • Have access to an impressive array of internships,
  • Live in a major city,
  • Earn a full term’s credits, and
  • Develop independent living skills,
  • Have access to amazing cultural opportunities!

We make the process easy for you:

  • Your actual grades are recorded on your transcript,
  • Costs are comparable to those at Hanover, and
  • Financial aid goes with you in nearly all cases.

The Philadelphia Center

Providing opportunities for professional exploration, intellectual development, and personal growth, in the heart of one of America's largest and most dynamic cities, The Philadelphia Center features more than 800 field placements along with one-of-a-kind seminars and independent living in an exciting urban setting. As an intern, you'll:

  • Work four days a week in a well-supervised position, earning 2 academic credits,
  • Participate in a city seminar,
  • Take an elective course,
  • Develop self-reliance by living independently,
  • Learn to thrive in a wonderful and challenging new environment, and
  • Gain insights into yourself, personally and professionally.

To learn more, visit TPC's website or read this article from a recent participant.

The Washington Center

As the seat of American government, Washington, D.C. is a natural setting for you to study politics. It also offers you opportunities in media, the arts, education, business, science, international affairs, and much more. TWC will help you develop a program that includes:

  • A 4 day-per-week entry-level internship in your area of interest,earning 2 academic credits,
  • A related academic course,
  • Developing a portfolio documenting and summarizing your experience,
  • Breakfast meetings with dignitaries, members of the press and of Congress,
  • Lectures by distinguished leaders, and
  • Tours and topical discussion opportunities.

To learn more, visit TWC's website.

The Chicago Programs

Offering three distinct programs, Chicago Arts; Urban Studies; and Business, Entrepreneurship & Society, the Chicago Programs teaches participants to examine urban issues through all three of these lenses. The curriculum consists of four single-credit components, enabling you to engage academically, professionally, and personally with this dynamic city. You will earn a full semester’s course load through:

  • A two-day per week internship (the Chicago Programs have contacts with over 350 internships sites in a wide array of fields),
  • A discipline-specific seminar course,
  • An interdisciplinary core course, and
  • A scholarly or creative independent study project in your area of interest.

To learn more, visit Chicago Programs' website.

Trying to decide which program is best for you?
This comparison chart may answer some of your questions.


Students must have at least sophomore standing to earn internship credit, and there is a minimum GPA of 2.5 for TPC and the Chicago Programs and 2.75 for TWC. As there is a cap on the number of students per year whom we are allowed to send to these programs, students are encouraged to apply early. Contact Margaret Krantz at the Career Center.






“The Philadelphia Center has really helped me to become more independent. I found roommates, signed a lease for an apartment, set up interviews and got an internship. And I took care of myself in a major city. I know that I will be ready for the life that follows my Hanover graduation.”

Sarah Siepler ’11, Art Major


“TWC has given me the opportunity to gain firsthand work experience as well as allowed me the freedom to live and experience DC culture on my own terms and time. Coming to DC and TWC was probably the best decision I have made since coming to Hanover. Anyone who comes will not regret their choice.”

Jennifer Johnson ’10, History Major


“ You can learn entrepreneurial theory in any classroom, but being in such a large city, surrounded by a thriving business culture, was a transformative experience that I only now notice… I would not have the motivation, determination, and vision toward achieving my business goals had I not experienced this entrepreneurial business program in the extremely supportive and approachable city of Chicago. It changed my life.” 

Jim Gregory ’10, Cultural Anthropology/Business Scholar