The Washington Center (TWC)





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​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 

2016 Seminars

  • Inside Washington, January 3-16

Week 1: In Pursuit of the Presidency (January 3-9)

Week 2: Politics and the Media (January 10-16)

Application Deadline: December 2015 

  • National Security, mid-May

Week 1: Inside the Defense and Intelligence Community

Week 2: Negotiating Global Challenges

Application Deadline: April 2016 

Program Fee (covers housing and credit)

one week   $1,895 (2015 Cost)

two weeks $2,195 (2015 Cost)

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:

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

Estimated Expenses for Spring 2016:

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

TWC: $15,885                CMU: $11,461*              difference = $4,424

Three 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

Estimated xpenses for Summer 2016:
(based on CMU in-state tuition for 12 hours plus housing and other expenses)

TWC: $12,535               CMU: $7,802*              difference = $4,733

Five $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 2015/2016 tuition rates 


Applications & Deadlines:

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

Spring 2016

CMU application deadline for TWC Priority Deadline* Spring 2016: October 5, 2015

CMU application deadline for Regular Deadline Spring 2016: November 9, 2015

* 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. 

Summer 2016

CMU application deadline for TWC Priority Deadline* Summer 2016: February 8, 2016

CMU application deadline for Regular Deadline Summer 2016: March 2, 2016

TWC Spring 2016 Important Dates:

Check-in:  January 20, 2016

Orientation:  January 20-22, 2016

Internships begins:  January 25, 2016

Internship ends:  May 3, 2016

Check-out:  May 4, 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:

Fall 2015

Tyler Townes

Summer 2015

James Allen, TWC National Security Seminar

Daniel Urchick, TWC National Security Seminar

Spring 2015

James Jimenez, TWC Inside Washington 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

           TWC Alumni in Residence Program 2015-16

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


TWC Student Testimonials.pdf


Contact Information: 

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