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. Please schedule your meeting well in advance of the application deadline, as you may not be able to schedule a meeting with short notice at this point of the semester. Schedule an appointment through TartanTrak and indicate that the meeting is to review your CMU/WSP résumé. Please bring your application essay to your CPDC meeting to help direct the focus of your résumé. Guidelines for résumé content can be found here and an example résumé template can be found here
  • 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 2016 Timeline

Information Session1 Thursday, September 10, 2015
Information Session1 Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Information Session1 Monday, September 21, 2015
Applications Due Friday, October 2, 2015 by 5:00pm
Admissions Notification Friday, October 9, 2015

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 spring 2016 CMU/WSP brochure can be found here.

Applications for the spring 2016 semester will be accepted until October 2, 2015 at 5:00pm.

application deadline

Please contact Carnegie Mellon's Career and Professional Development Center to review resumes and essays before the application deadline. Guidelines for résumé content can be found here and an example résumé template can be found here.


  • 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.