Once accepted, you may have unanswered questions about the program and Washington.

  • For a step by step breakdown of everything you’ll need to do before arriving in Washington, visit Preparing to Go

  • If you’re having trouble packing or don’t know what will be provided for you, be sure to visit What to Bring

  • If you have any lingering questions about your internship opportunities, classes, and cultural events, check out Program Activities

  • Getting excited about living in a new city? Don’t know how to get from the airport to SIW? Please consult City Living

  • Take a look at BSIW students in and around Washington in the Photo Gallery

Cultural Events

Washington is not only the political capital of the world, but it is also an internationally recognized cultural center. During their term at BSIW, students attend a variety of cultural events, which may include:

We take day trips, which may include:

In order to appreciate our geographic surrounding, and understand U.S. history more fully, we visit Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, we tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell and spend a few hours at the National Constitution Center. We enjoy a colonial-themed dinner at the historic City Tavern.

Additionally, we visit the site of the Gettysburg battle in Pennsylvania. This battle was one of the most significant turning points of the Civil War. After learning more about the war at the Visitors’ Center, we tour the battlefield with a licensed battlefield guide and re-enact battle lines.

Mt. Vernon
The home of the first president is just across the Potomac. We visit Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens to gain some insight into George Washington’s life.

Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, is south of Bing Stanford in Washington. Jefferson was born in Monticello and lived his remaining days on the plantation after serving as Secretary of State, Vice President and President.