Spend a Semester in the Nation's Capital
From embassy headquarters to nongovernmental organizations, think tanks to advocacy organizations, and consulting firms to media outlets, Washington, DC, is a focal point for many international and public policy activities.
Undergraduates from any course of study who would value firsthand policy experience are invited to apply to Carnegie Mellon University's Washington Semester Program, sponsored by the university's Center for International Relations and Politics. In this semester-long program, students live, work, and study in Washington, DC, coming into direct contact with political, business, and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day.
Students earn 45 units for the Washington Semester Program, interning three days per week in any sector or field of interest within Washington, DC, while taking classes two days per week and in the evenings. The Center for International Relations and Politics sponsors events and a policy forum in Washington for students participating in the program to further enrich their experience and enhance their understanding of how Washington functions as a hub of international and public policy decision making.
Students with strong academic records who are accepted to the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program are also eligible to receive a Freidman Fellowship, which helps to defray the cost of a semester in Washington.
For more information, contact the Center for International Relations and Politics: