Unique Living and Learning Experience

Gardner-Webb University in partnership with American University offers students an exciting new immersive academic and professional opportunity—Webb in Washington—and looking for stellar and interested students to apply!

About the Program

Webb in Washington is a semester-long program in Washington, D.C., in which students chosen to participate will take courses at American University and gain professional, resume-building experience at an internship in an area of interest. Students will take 8 credit hours of seminar-related courses with American University and 7 credit hours of internship with Gardner-Webb University. All credit hours earned will apply to graduation requirements at GWU.

We offer internships in every area of interest including, but not limited to:

  • Politics
  • Healthcare
  • Journalism and communication
  • Foreign policy
  • Business and finance
  • The arts and museums
  • Education
  • Social justice
  • Environmental causes

As a unique component to Webb in Washington, students will attend networking events with Chris Meekins and other Gardner-Webb alumni who live and work in the D.C. area. Through these interactions, students will gain invaluable insights into career development.


The overall costs for the Webb in Washington program will be consistent with your Gardner-Webb University costs for the semester with the exception of a one-time $400 deposit paid directly to American University to indicate your commitment to attend. If applicable, students are encouraged to file their FASFA as soon as possible as financial aid will be awarded through Gardner-Webb.


Housing will be through American University in which students will live in suites (with roommates). All furniture, kitchen, and linens are provided. Students may provide their own meals or choose a meal plan through American University at an additional cost.

How to Apply

This is a highly selective process. Successful applications are dependent upon a variety of factors that include GPA, extracurricular activities, letter of recommendation, and a 500-word essay explaining how participation in the program will advance your academic and professional goals. Ultimately, selection will be given to those students who the committee believes will best represent Gardner-Webb University as Webb in Washington Ambassadors. Traditional undergraduate students at the rank of junior after the Fall 2023 semester (>60 credit hours) are eligible to apply.

Here is the link to the application:

Hear from our first Webb in Washington Scholar

Moryah Snype shares her experience as the first Gardner-Webb University scholar through the Webb in Washington Program.

“What I enjoyed the most was hearing thoughts from other people from different countries like France and Germany. One of my roommates was from the UK, the other one from Japan.”

Moryah Snype


For more information, contact Dr. Meredith Rowe.

Our Founders

This innovative program is launching with an initial donation from Gardner-Webb alumnus, Chris Meekins, and his wife, Amanda, who live and work in the D.C. area. After graduating from GWU in 2006 with a degree in political science and economics, Meekins moved to D.C. He is a former senior Department of Health and Human Services official, congressional chief of staff, and health policy advisor, who now works as a Washington health policy research analyst at Raymond James. 

Nowhere else in the world can you make more of an impact for God and humanity than in our nation’s capital. My hope is this will provide opportunities not available when I was at Gardner-Webb and therefore make it easier for students as they transition from the Webb to the career path of their choosing.

Chris Meekins