Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP)-Institute for Politics and Strategy - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP)

Faculty Lead

Dr. Kiron Skinner, Faculty Director


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 Institute for Politics and Strategy. 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 48 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 Institute for Politics and Strategy 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.

2017 fulbright award recipients pose in Baker Hall.

Congratulations to Melanie Diaz (Spring '15) and Kayla Lee (Spring '16), both alumnae of the CMU Washington Semester Program, who were recently named 2017 Fulbright Award winners. See the full story here.

CMUWSP Spring 2017 students tour the Pentagon.

Students tour the Pentagon as a part of the spring 2017 CMU Washington Semester Program.

CMUWSP students attend a class with General (ret.) Michael V. Hayden at CSIS in Washington.

Students attended a roundtable with General (ret.) Michael V. Hayden at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as part of the fall 2016 CMU/WSP Policy Forum.

CMU students attend an event at the Shakespeae Library on Capitol Hill, featuring the work of CMU Professor Kristina Straub.

Spring 2016 students attended "Will and Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity," an exhibit at the Shakespeare Library featuring the work of CMU Professor Kristina Straub.

Professor Kiron Skinner's policy forum course included a visit to the Podesta Group offices to meet with co-founder, Mr. Tony Podesta

Professor Skinner's spring 2016 policy forum course included a visit to the Podesta Group offices to meet with co-founder, Mr. Tony Podesta.

spring 2016 washington semester students pose after their orientation session in the Washington, DC office.

The spring 2016 Washington Semester Program took a tour at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Here they are posed in front of the Newseum's Berlin Wall Exhibit.

Fall 2015 CMU/WSP cohort in front of the White House after a group tour

Fall 2015 CMU/WSP students took a tour of the White House during their time in Washington.

Ashwini Ganpule, a student in the fall 2015 cohort, poses in front of the US Capitol Building

Ashwini Ganpule participated in the fall 2015 CMU/WSP and reflected on her time in Washington in the CMU student newspaper, The Tartan.