The Washington Center Academic Seminars
Open to All Majors
Would you like to earn 2-3 hours of academic credit and build your professional network in Washington, D.C., but you can’t take a semester-long or summer internship there? Then you should consider participating in one of The Washington Center’s Academic Seminars. These
seminars offer you the opportunity to network on Capitol Hill, experience the inner workings of Washington, and learn first-hand from some of the nation's top leadership.
These 1-2 week programs are held in January ("Inside Politics") and May ("National Security") of each year. They provide an in-depth look into important current issues and "include experiential fieldwork, relevant site visits or tours, panel interviews and small group discussions."
For more information about the seminars, please visit www.twc.edu/seminars and contact Dr. Joyce Baugh, firstname.lastname@example.org, about earning CMU credits.
*PSC 390 may be counted toward the General Political Science major and the International Relations/Comparative Politics concentration. Political Science majors with a concentration in Public Administration may count PSC 395 toward their major. Other majors must consult with their advisors to determine how to count the credit hours towards their major or degree.
Eligibility for Academic Seminars - Welcome to all CMU Majors
- junior status by the time the seminar begins
- minimum 2.75 GPA
- open to all CMU majors
2017 Seminars to be announced
Application Deadline: TBD
Program Fee (covers housing and credit)
one week approximately $2,000
two weeks approximately $2,300
Qualified Political Science majors (all concentrations) may be awarded up to $200 from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration to help defray program costs.
The Washington Center Internships
Semester and Summer Long Internships - 3 Program Components:
- Internship: Choose among many in several areas including: Politics & Public Policy; Advocacy, Service, and the Arts; International Affairs; Media & Communications, Law and Criminal Justice
- The LEAD Colloquium: Speakers’ Series; Small Group Sessions, Civic Engagement Project; Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill, Professional Development Portfolio, Career Boot Camp
- Academic Course: Choose from courses in several areas including: American Politics and Public Policy, International Affairs and Foreign Policy; Law and Criminal Justice; Leadership; Communications
PSC credits - 15 hours in fall or spring; 12 hours in summer divided as follows:
- Fall and Spring Semesters - 9 hours of PSC 395 (internship), 6 hours of PSC 390 (independent study) - 3 hours for academic course requirement and 3 hours for Leadership Forum;
- Summer Semester - 6 hours of PSC 395, 6 hours of PSC 390 as above
Housing & Expenses:
Washington Center Housing:
Three apartment complexes near Capitol Hill and Union Station - Residential and Academic Facility (RAF), Residental Facility at the Flats 130, and Residental Faculity at Elevation.
Estimated Expenses for Summer 2016:
(based on CMU in-state tuition for 12 hours plus housing and other expenses)
TWC: $12,600 CMU: $7,802* difference = $4,798
Five $2,000 scholarships to be awarded by CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration, financial aid also available through TWC; regular financial aid usually able to be applied to TWC costs; CMU tuition waived.
Estimated Expenses for Fall 2016:(based on CMU in-state tuition for 15 hours plus housing and other expenses)
TWC: $15,983 CMU: $11,461* difference = $4,522
of approximately $4000 each to be awarded by the CMU Department of Political Science and Public
Administration to help cover the difference; financial aid available
through TWC; regular financial aid usually able to be applied to TWC
costs; CMU tuition waived.
*= based on 2015/2016 tuition rates
Applications & Deadlines:
Application materials include: resume, writing sample, statement of interest, transcript, two letters of recommendation. You must meet with Dr. Baugh or Dr. Kukla-Acevedo before beginning your application. You should see them at least 10 days before the TWC deadline. Apply online at www.twc.edu
TWC Priority Deadline* February 17, 2016
TWC Regular Deadline March 16, 2016
TWC Priority Deadline* May 4, 2016
TWC Regular Deadline June 8, 2016
* Priority Deadline: In order to be included in the
first round of consideration for financial assistance from TWC; also for
obtaining security clearance at some internship sites.
TWC Summer 2016 Important Dates: TWC Fall 2016:
Check-in: May 25, 2016 August 24, 2016
Orientation: May 25-27, 2016 August 24-26, 2016
Internships begins: May 31, 2016 August 29, 2016
Internship ends: August 4, 2016 December 8, 2016
Check-out: August 6, 2016 December 10, 2016
Eligibility for Internship:
- Political Science and affiliated majors (e.g., Environmental Studies)
- Junior-senior status
- 3.0 overall GPA
CMU TWC Alumni and Placement Location:
William Anderson, TWC Inside Washington Seminar
Tyler Townes, International Center for Terrorism Studies at The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
James Allen, TWC National Security Seminar
Daniel Urchick, TWC National Security Seminar
TWC Alumni in Residence Program Spring 2016
James Jimenez, TWC Inside Washington Seminar
Michael Vermeesch, United Planning Organization
Jacob Parry, Open World Leadership Center
Rebecca Milhouse, The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Tyler Winowiecki, TWC Academic Seminar
Katie Conley, Lobbying Firm Whitmer & Worrall
TWC Alumni in Residence Program Fall 2015
Michael Jacques, Arthritis Foundation
Ryan Shaver, United States Marshals Service
Nathan Wiebenga, Lobbying Firm Tech America
Matthew Brown, Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation
Joy Johnson, Washington Strategic Consulting
Sean Martinez, North East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
Zachary Gostlin, Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium - Zach's Blog
TWC Student Testimonials.pdf
For more information, please contact Dr. Joyce Baugh (989) 774-3475, email@example.com or Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, firstname.lastname@example.org.