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"The entire city becomes your campus; the museums, the history, the nightlife, and the political atmosphere provide an experience unlike anything Ithaca has to offer."

Erin Noonan, CIW student spring 2013



Design your own once in a lifetime experience by spending part of your academic career with the Cornell in Washington program. There are opportunities for Cornellians and non-Cornellians (summer only).

All programs combine Cornell classes with internship experience and all participants reside at Cornell's Wolpe Center.

Semester Program

Open to any Cornellian, the Semester Program is the perfect blend of practical work experience and Cornell University courses, located in one of the world's great capital cities.

Urban Scholars Program

Cornellians with an interest in public service can now participate in the Cornell Urban Scholars in Washington program (CUSP), which integrates a community-based internship with academic coursework. This program is only offered in the spring.

CAPS Program

CAPS in Washington is specifically for students in China and Asia-Pacific Studies. This program is only offered in the fall.

Summer Program

In conjunction with the School of Continuing Education and Summer Session, Cornell in Washington offers an intensive, multifaceted summer experience designed to give participants a greater understanding of the workings of government and the processes by which public policy is developed. During this eight week program, students enroll in two of three courses taught in the morning and in the evening; most of the day is devoted to individual internships of the student's choosing.


Information Meetings on Campus

Internship Meetings

November 3 and 4, 2014

By Appointment Only

Final Arrangements Meeting November 17, 2014 at 4:45pm

165 McGraw Hall


Program Dates and Costs

Fall 2014 Semester Program and CAPS

Application Deadline CLOSED
Program Housing Fee  
Move-in Dates    
Move-out Date December 19, 2014
Spring 2015 Semester Program and CUSP
Application Deadline Space Still Available --APPLY NOW!
Tuition Same as on campus
Housing $5,065
Move-in Dates

Friday, January 16, 2014

9:00am - 8:00pm

Move-out Date Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Summer in Washington 2015 ENROLLMENT starts early December
Final Payment Due Date  
Program Start / Move-in Monday, June 8, 2015
Program End / Move-out Friday, July 31, 2015
Program Cost (NOT including housing)


6-credits: $7,705

8-credits: $10,080


Looking for more information or someone to speak with? Contact CIW at cwash@cornell.edu.