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.

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TWC Videos:


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

Learn more about the Pi Sigma Alpha Washington Internship Scholarships

Housing & Expenses:

Washington Center Housing:

Two apartment complexes near Capitol Hill and Union Station - Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) and Residential Facility at Elevation.

Scholarships are available  for the Fall and 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.

Academic Seminar Expenses:

Scholarships are available for academic seminars to be awarded by the CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration. This scholarship will help cover the cost of spending the week or two weeks in Washington DC. Academic seminars are open to all CMU majors. 

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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, Anspach 235, before beginning your application. You should see her at least 10 days before the TWC deadline. 

Review additional scholarship options and budgeting resources at www.twc.edu/cost.

TWC Program Guide

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Spring 2021

Early Deadline: TBA
Regular Deadline: TBA
Check-in: TBA
Check-out: TBA

Summer 2020 (Online due to COVID-19)
Early Deadline: NA
Regular Deadline: NA
Check-in: NA
Check-out: NA

Fall 2020

Early Deadline: April 8, 2020
Regular Deadline: May 6, 2020
Check-in: August 26, 2020
Check-out: December 5 2020

Visit the TWC Academic Internship Program website 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 undergraduate status or graduate status
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Be at least 18 years old

Academic Seminars - Open to All Majors

Image of The Washington Center logoInterested 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."

Please visit the TWC Seminars website for more information 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 2020

  • Madison Waier
  • Marcus Sheppard

Spring 2020

  • Adrienne Parks, American Society for Reproductive Medicine 
  • Mary Miller, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Melissa Remijan, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Owen Westbrook, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Samantha Hayes, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Parker D. Neal, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Marcus Sheppard, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Christina Harp, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar
  • Pravallika Chirumamilla, TWC Inside Washington Academic Seminar

Fall 2019

  • Pravallika Chirumamilla, Peace Corps Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
  • Trevor Lalonde, International Visitors Leadership Program

Summer 2019

  • Luke Donohue, McKeon Group
  • Lexie Robinson, National Community Coalition
  • Rayne Alaniz, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Dustin Kane, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Abigail Mealy, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Trevor Lalonde, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Shayn Lindquist, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Skylar Dawson, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Jacob Preston, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Phillip Bryant, TWC National Security Academic Seminar
  • Gabrielle Wren Sledge, TWC National Security Academic Seminar

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 Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, kukla1sa@cmich.edu.