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.
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.
Pi Sigma Alpha and TWC Partnership
Housing & Expenses:
Washington Center Housing:
Two apartment complexes near Capitol Hill and Union Station - Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) and Residential Facility at Elevation.
Three to four scholarships of approximately $4200 each for the Fall/Spring semesters 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.
Four $3,000 scholarships for the Summer semester 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.
Inside Washington: TBA for 2020
National Security: May 12-23, 2019
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, email@example.com or Dr. Thomas Greitens, firstname.lastname@example.org before beginning your application. You should see them at least 10 days before the TWC deadline.
Apply online at www.twc.edu
Priority Deadline: October 17, 2018
Regular Deadline: November 14, 2018
Check-in: January 23, 2019
Check-out: May 4, 2019
Priority Deadline: February 20, 2019
Regular Deadline: March 13, 2019
Check-in: June 4, 2019
Check-out: August 10, 2019
Priority Deadline: April 17, 2019
Regular Deadline: May 15, 2019
Check-in: August 28, 2019
Check-out: December 7, 2019
Visit http://www.twc.edu/programs/academic-internship-program 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 Deadline.
Eligibility for Internship:
Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration, International Relations majors
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."
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:
- Luke Donohue
- Lexie Robinson, National Community Coalition
Marika Williams, Freemuslim Association
Evan Huber, Marzulla Law
Breanna Fitzpatrick, Peace Corps Headquarters
Elizabeth Groenhout, Charities Aid Foundation of America
Teasha Johnson, Sierra Club
Emily Larsen, Foundation for Economic Trends
Stewart, Student Veterans of America
Anna Owens, Shia Rights Watch
Samantha Silvi, Cyber Security Academic Seminar
Representative Moolenaar from Michigan's 4th Congressional District
Andrew Adams, Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar
Mackenzie McMahon, Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar
William Anderson, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
Tyler Townes, International Center for Terrorism Studies at The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
James Allen, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
Daniel Urchick, TWC National Security Academic Seminar, TWC Alumni in Residence Program Spring 2016
James Jimenez, TWC Inside Washington Academic 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, email@example.com or Dr. Thomas Greitens, (989)774-3862, firstname.lastname@example.org.