Experience Transforms:
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 Videos:





Image from the White House steps


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, kukla1sa@cmich.edu or Dr. Thomas Greitens, greit1t@cmich.edu before beginning your application. You should see them at least 10 days before the TWC deadline.   

Apply online at www.twc.edu

Spring 2019

Priority Deadline: October 17, 2018

Regular Deadline: November 14, 2018

Check-in: January 23, 2019

Check-out: May 4, 2019

Summer 2019

Priority Deadline: February 20, 2019

Regular Deadline: March 13, 2019

Check-in: June 4, 2019

Check-out: August 10, 2019

Fall 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
  • 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." 

Inside Washington Seminar - Politics, Media and Advocacy
January 7-18, 2019, http://www.twc.edu/programs/inside-washington-seminar

National Security Seminar
May 12-23, 2019, http://www.twc.edu/programs/national-security-seminar
This will be faculty led by Dr. Prakash Adhikari.

For more information about the seminars, please visit www.twc.edu/se​minars 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:

Fall 2019

  • Pravallika Chirumamilla

Summer 2019

  • Luke Donohue, McKeon Group
  • Lexie Robinson, National Community Coalition 

Summer 2018

  • Marika Williams, Freemuslim Association
  • Evan Huber, Marzulla Law
  • Breanna Fitzpatrick, Peace Corps Headquarters

Spring 2018

  • Elizabeth Groenhout, Charities Aid Foundation of America

Fall 2017

  • Teasha Johnson, Sierra Club
  • Emily Larsen, Foundation for Economic Trends

Summer 2017

  • Chandler Stewart, Student Veterans of America
  • Anna Owens, Shia Rights Watch
  • Samantha Silvi, Cyber Security Academic Seminar

Spring 2017

  • Samuel Bork, Representative Moolenaar from Michigan's 4th Congressional District
  • Andrew Adams, Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar
  • Mackenzie McMahon, Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar

Spring 2016

  • William Anderson, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar

Fall 2015

  • Tyler Townes, International Center for Terrorism Studies at The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Summer 2015

  • James Allen, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Daniel Urchick, TWC National Security Academic Seminar, TWC Alumni in Residence Program Spring 2016

Spring 2015

  • James Jimenez, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Michael Vermeesch, United Planning Organization

Fall 2014

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 Fall 2015
  • 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

Contact Information: 

For more information, please contact our TWC co-liasions, Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, kukla1sa@cmich.edu or Dr. Thomas Greitens, (989)774-3862, greit1t@cmich.edu.