Carnegie Mellon University

Learn and Intern in Washington, DC

The Milton and Cynthia Friedman Internships in Washington, DC, were created in 2000 through a generous gift from Cynthia Friedman, a trustee emerita, in memory of her husband, an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon. The grants encourage and support the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in policy-related internships located in the nation’s capital. They are designed to foster significant work experiences that complement students’ academic work and assist them as they make career and graduate education decisions.

Friedman interns work on substantive projects, develop professional skills and benefit from the personal attention of a supervisor at their organization. In addition to their professional duties, Friedman interns attend exciting events, both educational and social, presented by influential and effective politicians, academics and leaders from the nonprofit sector.  

There are two Friedman programs in Washington:

Summer in Washington, DC

Open to Carnegie Mellon undergraduates and graduate students from any college or school who have a strong academic record and would value the opportunity to spend a summer gaining firsthand policy experience in a public or private sector in Washington, DC, are invited to apply. Graduating students are not eligible.

Washington Semester

Students with strong academic records who are accepted to the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program are also eligible to receive a Friedman Fellowship, which helps to defray the cost of a semester in Washington.

For more information about the Friedman Fellowship during the Fall or Spring semesters, please contact Meghan Mattern in the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

For more information about the Friedman Fellowship during the Summer semester, please contact Kelly Wadsworth in the Institute for Politics and Strategy.