Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
    January 18, 2024 to May 18, 2024
  • Fall 2024


Lyndsey Bullock

Cornell Affiliations:

Brooks School of Public Policy


Opportunity Description

CIW On-Campus Events

Spring 2024 Dates:

  • Pre-Departure Meeting: November 8, 2023, 5pm, MVR 1219 or Zoom
  • Move-In: January 18, 2024 and Move-Out: May 18, 2024
  • Classes begin: January 22, 2024; Classes End: May 7, 2024
  • Recommended Internship Start: January 22, 2024 or after

About Cornell in Washington:

In Cornell in Washington (CIW), you’ll work part-time at an internship in D.C., take a full load of Cornell courses, and have signature D.C. experiences.  

D.C. is arguably the best place in the world to have an internship; there are abundant opportunities for any interest.  Following are examples of where CIW students with specific interests had their internships:

  • Government: Executive Branch, Congress, and a wide range of government agencies.
  • Law: Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, D.C. Public Defender’s Office
  • Economics: President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Congressional Budget Office, Treasury Department, World Bank
  • Social justice: ACLU, Amnesty International, Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division
  • Health/medicine: American Public Health Association, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, Red Cross
  • Environment: Environmental Protection Agency, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, National Park Service
  • International Affairs: State Department, Peace Corps, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Media/communications: CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, Fox News, NPR, Voice of America, New York Times, Washington Post
  • Arts: National Endowment for the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery

In addition to your internship, you’ll take a full load of Cornell courses. All students take a required course, which involves an independent research project and helps build a cohort experience. Elective course offerings vary semester-to-semester, but all take advantage of our location by being taught by DC experts, including guest lectures by policymakers, and/or visiting relevant DC locations.

On the weekends, CIW offers signature DC experiences, such as visiting Smithsonian museums, attending a game of one of the local professional sports teams, and attending a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Students live in comfortable apartments (each with its own full kitchen and private bathroom), and take their classes, in the Cornell owned-and-operated Wolpe Center, in the lovely and centrally-located neighborhood of Dupont Circle.

Many alumni have said that their semester in CIW was the most transformational, the most influential for their career, and/or their favorite at Cornell.  Come join us and simultaneously jump-start your career and experience the best that D.C. has to offer!