Application-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon undergraduates wishing to spend a semester in Washington, DC, pursuing an internship while earning credit and completing coursework are encouraged to apply to the CMU/WSP.

Application Components

  • Completed CMU/WSP application form (.pdf).
  • The student must meet with his primary academic advisor to discuss curricular plans and receive the required approval signature within the CMU/WSP application form.
  • A one-page essay, explaining how the Washington semester ties into the student’s curricular plans at Carnegie Mellon and how it will contribute to his professional development.
  • A current résumé, reviewed and approved by the Career and Professional Development Center.
  • Two letters of recommendation (please use the forms included with the application):
  • Faculty recommendation: At least one letter should come from a faculty member who has taught the student in class.  The letter should address academic performance, ability to work in varied academic settings, ability to work independently, and writing skills.  The recommender should also comment, if knowledgeable, on extracurricular involvement, service, and leadership experience.
  • General recommendation: The second letter of recommendation may be written by a second faculty member or by another referee (such as a supervisor, coach, advisor, or volunteer coordinator) who can speak to how this opportunity complements the student’s intellectual or career interests.  The recommender should also comment, if knowledgeable on extracurricular involvement, service, and leadership experience.
  • Unofficial transcripts from Carnegie Mellon and official transcripts for any other undergraduate institutions where the student has completed course work.  Students can download an unofficial transcript from SIO.

Application Spring 2015 Timeline

Information Session1 Thursday, September 11, 2014
Information Session1 Monday, September 15, 2014
Information Session1 Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Applications Due Friday, October 3, 2014 by 5:00pm
Admissions Notification Monday, October 13, 2014

1 Students should plan to attend only one information session. All sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 PM in Baker Hall 154R. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

The application deadline for spring 2015 is Friday, October 3, 2014.

Pittsburgh students can find the CMU/WSP spring 2015 brochure here.

Qatar students can find the CMU/WSP spring 2015 brochure here.

application deadline

Please contact Carnegie Mellon's Career and Professional Development Center to review resumes and essays before the application deadline.


  • Full-time undergraduates from any college at Carnegie Mellon University are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a strong academic record with a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.0. Exceptions may be made for students with lower QPAs based on strong recommendation letters and application materials.
  • Junior year is the ideal time to participate in the CMU/WSP, however the program is open to second-semester sophomores, juniors, or first-semester seniors.  Sophomores must declare a primary major before attending the CMU/WSP.