Carnegie Mellon University

Study in Washington, D.C.

Undergraduates have the opportunity to study while interning for nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, think tanks, advocacy organizations or media outlets.

The courses offered in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) are offered by Carnegie Mellon faculty and faculty from peer institutions.


Many students study economics as a way to develop a set of skills that can be used to develop meaningful solutions for the challenges confronting society. What better place to study than in Washington, D.C. — the U.S. hub of policy making? Economics students interested in having a career in public policy, research and/or industry (domestic, international, technical, social, etc.) will have the opportunity to take courses and attend seminars by faculty and policy makers that will complement their studies in Pittsburgh.

Co-curricular Events

The Center for International Relations and Politics sponsors weekly events and workshops in Washington, D.C., which are open to CMUWSP participants. Additionally, students will be able to attend talks hosted by their internship locations and talks open to the D.C. internship community.


Internships are ideal opportunities for economics students to experiment using their economic toolbox. Students will have the opportunity to apply economic principles and methods to current and relevant concerns. Recent internship sites for economics students include the Center for Health Transformation, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Millennium Challenge Corporation and U.S. Census Bureau.