Frequently Asked Questions
What is the General Schedule
Click here to find the general schedule
How structured are our weekends during the program? Would I have time to take an overnight trip at some point to visit friends outside of the city during the summer?
The program tries to provide structure and plan amazing opportunities yet also provide free time. We want to give you an incredible Washington experience and at the same time the freedom you are accustomed to at school. Friday night we will have dinner and services together. Most Saturday and Sundays there will optional Washington activities such as museums, outings, and other fun things. You can go out of town but remember, it's only six weeks so plan to make the most of your time here.
Most of the costs of the program are covered by generous donors and almuni of the program. The RAC is able to heavily subsidize the housing and students will only be responsible for a $1,000 to cover a portion of the housing cost.
How does the Deposit Work?
After being accepted into the program, participants are responsible for a $400 non refundable deposit, to secure thier spot in the program.
How are students and internships matched?
Using the information provided on the application, the RAC staff matches students with internships.
What should I to bring to DC?
- Bring comfortable walking shoes.
- Clothing reminder: the weather in June and July will be in the upper 80s and upper 90s with high levels of humidity.
- Bring professional business attire for visits to the Hill.
- Check with your intern supervisor to determine what you will wear to your internship.
- The conference room in the RAC building (where most of our sessions take place) is very very very cold - bring a sweatshirt (you can keep it at our building if you want).
- You will also need to bring towels and twin XL bed sheets.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes.
How do I Receive Academic Credit?
To receive academic credit, please check your University requirements. Sometimes students must request credit in advance, for others it is only done after the class is completed. Find out what you have to do now to avoid problems later.
Once the course finishes you can request that Hebrew Union College send a transcript to your school. This provides proof that you completed the course. In some cases, I have also been asked to provide a letter showing that a student took a class. Again, find out now, and we will work together to help make this happen.
If you are a Freshman you must send me an official transcript at the end of the Spring semester, so that you can be eligible to receive college credit. No Transcript no credit!
Where do I go on Sunday June 9th?
City Hall is located at 950 24th Street, NW Washington, DC 20052, look for the Machon Kaplan Summer Coordinator. Rooms will be cleaned by 3:00 pm. You can arrive at the residence hall any time after 10:00 am, but there is no guarantee your room will be cleaned before 3:00 pm. On Sunday evening we will have dinner together at 5:45 pm. If you plan on arriving later, just let me know.
What kind of furniture can I expect to find in my room?
Room furnishings are similar throughout the apartment building. All residents of this building enjoy apartment-style living in the comfort of spacious one-bedroom suites, which accommodate two people each. Each of the apartments have one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. All rooms have beds, desks, chairs, and dresserers. Bed linens and towels are NOT provided, the beds are XL twins. City Hall, located at 950 24th Street, has a maximum occupancy of 378 men and women.
What will there be in the kitchen?
Each apartment has a kitchen with a microwave, stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator. You will need to bring pots, pans, and utensils. Talk your roommate to decide who will bring which items. Over the past few years participants have donated plates, silverware, and other kitchen supplies to the RAC. These kitchen supplies will be available to you on a first come first served basis.
Will I have access to food on campus or do I need to eat out? How much money should I expect to spend on food per week?
I recommend you cook in your kitchen as often as you can. The University does have eating facilities where you can purchase food. We will have two or three dinners a week together. The amount of money you will need will depend on if you typically eat out or in. There is a grocery store nearby.
Does the apartment have internet access?
Shortly after you arrive can sign up for free internet access.
Will I have access to a washer and dryer on campus?
Yes there are washer and dryers in the residence hall. BRING QUARTERS!
What accommodations need to be made if I was planning on driving into D.C. and keeping my car at GWU?
If it is at all possible, do not bring your car, you do not need it. If your home, school, and start date in the fall require you to bring a car here are a few options.
-Parking on campus costs about $230.00 a month more information http://www.gwu.edu/~parking/rates/rates-visitor.cfm
-Park in suburban MD or VA, possible but not very easy to get to via metro and bus.
-Park in a garage near GW, also can be about $230 a month.
Where should my friends and family send my mail and packages?
George Washington University Residence Halls and mail systems can sometimes be very slow. Send your mail to:
RAC Machon Kaplan Participant
2027 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
What time do I need to check out of GW housing at the end of the program?
GW housing requires that you check out of your room by 11:00 am, on the last day of the program. Please make your travel plans with this in mind as you will not be able to keep any of your items in your room after 11:00 am on the last day of the program.
What should I know about George Washington University Housing?
FROM GWU HOUSING!!
Last year, they did an inspection while students were in their internships and confiscated all halogen lamps.
Health & Safety Inspections
The University conducts periodic Health & Safety Inspections in all residence hall rooms. These unannounced inspections are meant to help assure the well being of all residents and the safety of the community.
At a minimum, the inspection will involve examining the integrity of electrical plugs, the removal of prohibited electrical devices, appliances and other prohibited items, a visual inspection of sprinkler heads, smoke detectors and other life safety systems, and a general assessment of storage and cleanliness of the room.
Prohibited items will be immediately confiscated and disposed of without reimbursement. See the "Health & Safety Inspection List of Prohibited Items" on the reverse side for more information. UPD will be contacted for items found that pose a substantial threat to person or property (illegal drugs, weapons, explosives, etc.) and a thorough administrative search will then be conducted.
Costs associated with housekeeping necessary to clean excessively dirty/unsanitary rooms and to repair damage to University property will be billed directly to residents. Additionally, all University residence halls are designated non-smoking areas and evidence of smoking in resident rooms will be reported.
The University reserves the right to re-enter student rooms to complete needed follow-up inspections. Disciplinary action may be taken for any health & safety violations.
Ultimate responsibility for assuring compliance with reasonable health and safety requirements rests with each resident-health and safety inspections are not intended to be a substitute for such responsibility. Residents are responsible for complying with all applicable University regulations and guidelines.
Health & Safety Inspection
List of Prohibited Items
Health & Safety inspections are conducted for the well being of residents and for the safety of the entire residence hall community. Please review this information in preparation for inspections. Thank you for your cooperation.
The following items are prohibited in the residence halls. Disciplinary action may be taken if found in resident rooms. Prohibited items will be confiscated immediately and disposed of without reimbursement. This list is not exhaustive.
- non-surge protected extension cords
- lanterns/oil lamps
- flammable liquids
- halogen lamps
- burners or objects with an open flame in non-kitchen areas
- hot plates in non-kitchen areas
- George Foreman grills in non-kitchen areas
- toasters/toaster ovens in non-kitchen areas
- microwaves or refrigerators not provided by the University
- popcorn poppers in non-kitchen areas
- space heaters
- live holiday decorations (tree, garland, etc.)
- crockpots in non-kitchen areas
- waffle irons in non-kitchen areas
- sandwich makers in non-kitchen areas
- rice cookers in non-kitchen areas
- weapons (including pocket knives, spears, swords, or souvenir weapons) *
- firearms (including pellet, BB, air, or paintball guns) *
- chemical mace*
- illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia*
- alcohol (if underage) *
* - Indicates that the University Police Department will be contacted.
All University residence halls are designated non-smoking. Evidence of smoking in resident rooms will be documented and forwarded to the University Police Department for possible judicial action.
Safety and Security Concerns
The following situations are found to be unsafe or inappropriate in the residence halls. Residents will be billed for the cost of repair for damage to University property.
- tampering with life safety equipment (e.g., smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc.)
- missing fire evacuation placard
- covered or disconnected smoke detector
- covered sprinkler head or objects hanging on a sprinkler head
- missing fire extinguisher where appropriate (i.e. kitchens)
- power cords under rugs
- exposed wires or frayed cords
- overloaded electrical outlets
- covered lights
- lofted beds not provided by the University
- missing window restrictors or screens where originally installed
- possession of pets, excluding approved service animals
- objects hanging out of residence hall windows
The following situations may constitute a health concern or violation. Residents will be billed for any housekeeping necessary to clean excessively dirty/unsanitary rooms.
- improper food storage
- unsanitary garbage/waste storage and disposal
- improper use of University waste receptacles
- improper disposal/storage of recyclables
- excessively dirty rooms
For more information on Health and Safety Inspections, please contact GW Housing Programs at 202-994-2552, or refer to the Residence Community Conduct Guidelines, available on the web