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 Fall 2015 Timeline

Information Session1 Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Information Session1 Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Information Session1 Thursday, February 12, 2015
Applications Due Friday, February 20, 2015 by 5:00pm
Admissions Notification Wednesday, February 25, 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 fall 2015 CMU/WSP brochure can be found here.

Applications for the fall 2015 semester will be accepted on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications submitted by April 5, 2015.

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.