The Washington Center (TWC)




The Washington Center Academic Seminars

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​minars and contact Dr. Joyce Baugh,, 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

  • junior status by the time the seminar begins
  • minimum 2.75 GPA
  • open to all CMU majors 

2015 Seminars

  • Inside Washington, January 4-17

Week 1: Exploring Bipartisan Solutions and the New Congress (January 4-10)

Week 2: Politics and the Media (January 11-17)

Application Deadline: December 12, 2014 

  • National Security, May 10-23

Week 1: Inside the Defense and Intelligence Community (May 10-16)

Week 2: Negotiating Global Challenges (May 17-23)

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015 

Program Fee (covers housing and credit)

one week   $1,895

two weeks $2,195 

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
  • 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
  • The Leadership Forum: Speakers’ Series; Small Group Sessions, Civic Engagement Project; Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill, Professional Development Portfolio 

​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:

Two apartment complexes near Capitol Hill - Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) and Flats 130. ​

Expenses for Spring 2015:

(based on CMU tuition for 15 hours plus housing and other expenses)

TWC: $15,480                CMU: $10,665*              difference = $4,815

Two scholarships to be awarded by CMU Political Science Department to help cover the difference; financial aid available through TWC; regular financial aid usually able to be applied to TWC costs

Expenses for Summer 2015 :
(based on CMU tuition for 12 hours plus housing and other expenses)

TWC: $12,185                CMU: $7,746*              difference = $4,439

Three $1,000 scholarships to be awarded by CMU Political Science Department, financial aid available through TWC; regular financial aid usually able to be applied to TWC costs
*= based on 2014/2015 tuition rates 


Applications & Deadlines:

Application materials include: resume, writing sample, statement of interest, transcript, two letters of recommendation. Apply online at

Spring 2015

CMU application deadline for TWC Priority Deadline* Spring 2015: October 8, 2014

CMU application deadline for Regular Deadline Spring 2015: November 12, 2014

* Priority Deadline: In order to be included in the first round of consideration for financial assistance from TWC.

Summer 2015

CMU application deadline for TWC Priority Deadline* Summer 2015: February 12, 2015

CMU application deadline for Regular Deadline Summer 2015: March 5, 2015

* Priority Deadline: In order to be included in the first round of consideration for financial assistance from TWC.  

TWC Spring 2015 Important Dates:

Check-in:  January 21, 2015

Orientation:  January 22, 2015

Internships begins:  January 26, 2015

Internship ends:  May 5, 2015

Check-out:  May 6, 2015

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:

Summer 2015

James Allen, TWC Academic Seminar

Daniel Urchick, TWC Academic Seminar

Spring 2015

James Jimenez, TWC Academic Seminar

Michael Vermeesch, United Planning Organization

Fall 2014

Jacob Parry, Open World Leadership Center

Summer 2014

Rebecca Milhouse, The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Tyler Winowiecki, TWC Academic Seminar

Spring 2014

Katie Conley, Lobbying Firm Whitmer & Worrall

Michael Jacques, Arthritis Foundation

Fall 2013

Ryan Shaver, United States Marshals Service

Nathan Wiebenga, Lobbying Firm Tech America

Summer 2013

Matthew Brown, Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation

Joy Johnson, Washington Strategic Consulting

Spring 2013

Sean Martinez, North East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

Zachary Gostlin, Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium -  Zach's Blog


Testimonials - CMU T​WC Alumni.pdf


Contact Information: 

For more information, please contact Dr. Joyce Baugh (989) 774-3475, or Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo,