Live, work, and learn in Washington, DC!
In the Fall of 2012, CMU's Department of Political Science & Public Administration became an affiliate of The Washington Center (TWC), offering full-time semester-long internships and academic seminars with a wide variety of organizations in the nation's capital. TWC is a nonprofit independent educational institution that provides
comprehensive learning opportunities in the nation's capital for
students from more than 300 colleges and universities. The program
includes placement, supervision, evaluation, seminars, housing,
counseling, special events and other support services.
TWC Program Guide
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 Term - 6 hours of PSC 395, 6 hours of PSC 390 as above
Some of the credits for PSC 390 and PSC 395 may be used to fulfill requirements and electives on the Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration and International Relations majors. The other credits will go towards the 124 credits needed for graduation.
Housing & Expenses:
Washington Center Housing:
Two apartment complexes near Capitol Hill and Union Station - Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) and Residential Facility at Elevation.
Estimated Expenses for Spring 2017:
(based on CMU in-state tuition for 15 hours plus housing and other expenses)
TWC: $16,445 CMU: $11,747* difference = $4,698
Three to four scholarships of approximately $4200 each to be awarded by the CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration. This scholarship should cover most of the gap between the costs of spending a semester in Washington D.C. rather than Mt. Pleasant. Your regular financial aid usually can be used to pay for the TWC program and your CMU tuition will be waived. Financial aid also is available through TWC.*= based on 2016/2017 tuition rates
Estimated Expenses for Summer 2017:
(based on CMU in-state tuition for 12 hours plus housing and other expenses)
TWC: $12,980 CMU: $8,030* difference = $4,950
Four $3,000 scholarships to be awarded by CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration. This scholarship will help cover the gap between the costs of spending a summer in Washington D.C. rather than Mt. Pleasant. Your regular financial aid usually can be used to pay for the TWC program and your CMU tuition will be waived. Financial aid also is available through TWC.
Academic Seminar Expenses:
Four $200 scholarships to be awarded by CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration. This scholarship will help cover the cost of spending the week/two weeks in Washington DC.
Applications & Deadlines:
Plan early! Application materials include: resume, writing sample, statement of interest, transcript and two letters of recommendation. All applicants must meet with Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Thomas Greitens, email@example.com
before beginning your application. You should see them at least 10 days before the TWC deadline.
Apply online at www.twc.edu
Visit www.twc.edu/deadlines for all upcoming
dates and deadlines.
NOTE: Early Application is only for placements that require security
clearances, and possibly a few other sites. Some examples are the U.S.
Depts. of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, federal law enforcement
agencies. All other applicants are encouraged to adhere to the Regular
Eligibility for Internship:
- Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration, International Relations majors
- Junior-senior status
- 3.0 overall GPA
Academic Seminars - Open to All Majors
Interested in earning 3 hours of academic credit and building your professional network in Washington, D.C., in 1-2 weeks? 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"). 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 about earning CMU credits.
Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration and International Relations majors may counted these credits towards their programs. Other majors must consult with their advisors to determine how to count the credit hours towards their major or degree.
Eligibility for Academic Seminars
- Junior status by the time the seminar begins
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
- Any and all CMU Majors
CMU TWC Alumni and Placement Location:
- Teasha Johnson, Sierra Club
- Emily Larsen, Foundation for Economic Trends
- Chandler Stewart, Student Veterans of
- Anna Owens, Shia Rights Watch
- Samantha Silvi - Cyber Security Seminar
- Samuel Bork,
Representative Moolenaar from Michigan's 4th Congressional District
- Andrew Adams, Presidential Inauguration Seminar
- Mackenzie McMahon, Presidential Inauguration Seminar
- 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
- 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
For more information, please contact our TWC co-liasions, Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Thomas Greitens, (989)774-3862,