DCDI Program

The DC Digital Innovation program (DCDI) is a new, eight-week summer program in Washington, D.C., that focuses on user experience and innovation within the public sector. You will visit the most innovative government agencies, non-profits, think tanks, and companies. Students learn from Washington’s best designers and technologists, and they build innovation and public service networks. Internships allow students to use their skills for the good of the American people. >


Dates for summer 2021 are May 22 - July 30 (subject to change).

Internships should start around June 1 and continue for the remainder of the term. Work for internships should occur Monday through Thursday only, as Fridays are reserved for visits, lectures, coursework and other group activities.


The program carries six credit hours. Students enroll in

  • IMS 340 Internship, 3 credit hours
  • IMS 396 Inside the Innovation Environment, 3 credit hours

A aryls may petition to participate in the program without enrolling in the classes; contact Erin Brandyberry, the Digital Innovations Centers manager, for information.


DCDI students must complete internships during the DCDI term. While the Miami Digital Innovation program assists in locating internships, students are responsible for securing their own internship. ts.

Some Washington internships are paid, some are not. An internship should be related to the field of study. For students majoring in ETBD, the DCDI internship fulfills the internship requirement for the degree if it is related to the major.

As noted above, students must devote four full weekdays (MTWR) to their internships during the months of June and July.


DCDI students live in furnished housing provided by the Washington Intern and Student Housing organization. Housing is double occupancy and includes all usual amenities; students should bring only clothing, linens, and toiletries. The cost of housing is included in the program fee (see below).


While in Washington students are expected to make use of the excellent public transportation system. A student wishing to bring a car must make private arrangements. Parking is very limited and expensive in Washington.


Total program cost  = Ttuition   +   Program Fee   +   Personal Expenses

  • Tuition: Students are charged for six credit hours at the University rate for their residency status; students should visit OneStop to verify their tuition rate.  Tuition is paid to the University Bursar.
  • Program Fee: $4500; includes housing, program activities, and some meals.  The Program Fee is paid to Global Initiatives.
  • Personal expenses: includes remaining meals, etc.  Students must make their own travel arrangements to get to and from Washington, D.C.

A deposit of $500 is required upon acceptance to the program.

More Information


Erin Brandyberry
Digital Innovations Centers Manager