The D.C. Advantage

Joseph Davila, senior scientist in NASA's Heliophysics Division, and Catholic University doctoral student John O'Neill stand before images of the sun's surface at NASA Goddard.

Washington, D.C., is a center of intellectual and cultural activity. It's the perfect place for students of engineering to enhance their academic interests off-campus. There are internship opportunities in the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NASA, National Institutes of Health, and countless labs in support of the U.S. Department of Defense, non-governmental organizations, and more.

The city's museums, historical sites, restaurants, performing arts centers, and the world's largest research library (the Library of Congress) are all nearby, just a short Metro ride away.


  • Students riding scooters on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol building

    Discover D.C. with CatholicU

    Washington, D.C., is a city of politics, parades, festivals, museums (did we mention most of them are free?), professional sports, theatres, concerts, shopping, parks, restaurants, monuments, waterways, and trendy neighborhoods.

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  • Washington 101 Class

    Washington 101: Getting to Know D.C.

    In this unique course, students learn about their “college town” as a symbolic city (the design and meaning of its buildings, monuments, and museums), a political city (the behavior of national and local policymakers), and a living city (the city’s economy, neighborhoods, culture, and population).

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