Through the CMU/WSP, students gain valuable professional experience and make long-lasting professional and personal contacts. CMU/WSP welcomes students with a wide array of backgrounds and interests, and students may pursue available internships in any sector or field in Washington, DC.
Students participating in the CMU/WSP will intern three days per week for approximately 24-25 hours per week. The ultimate responsibility for securing an internship rests with the individual student. The internship search process is an important part of the professional development experience.
The CMU/WSP provides support to students in securing internships. After acceptance into the program, students will meet individually with CMU/WSP administrators to develop a personalized internship search strategy. The CMU/WSP will assist with placement in or referral to specific internships and will help in crafting cover letters and résumés.
Additionally, students are encouraged to make use of the resources of Carnegie Mellon’s Career and Professional Development Center. The Center for International Relations and Politics has an extensive internship database that can help students begin their search. Students should pay attention to early internship deadlines (for example The White House and the U.S. Department of State have particularly early deadlines) and apply accordingly, even if they have not yet been accepted to the CMU/WSP.
Students will receive credit for their internships by completing a complementary internship seminar.