Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/ WSP)-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP)

Faculty Leads

Dr. Kiron Skinner, Faculty Director

Dr. Joseph Devine, Associate Dean, Dietrich College of the Humanities and Social Sciences


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.

Students should contact the academic program manager for more information or to discuss how the CMU/WSP may fit into their curriculum.

Interested in a spring 2016 semester in Washington, DC?

The CMU/WSP application deadline for the spring 2016 semester is October 2, 2015.

CSPANThe fall 2014 CMU/WSP students recently took a private tour of C-SPAN.
CMU/WSP participant, Amelia Britton, wrote about her impressions of Washington, DC while interning and taking classes there this semester. Check out her article in CMU's student newspaper, The Tartan.