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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

This program aims to support Washington’s most innovative nonprofit organizations and government agencies in their efforts to eliminate the fundamental causes of poverty. Offered during the spring, this program is a one semester opportunity to make a difference in a local community with the goal of encouraging interested students to search for a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty in Washington, DC, and to pursue a long term commitment to enhance direct service, issue advocacy and policy change efforts. 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

Full description of the Summer Program can be found here.


Spring Semester 2015 Information Meetings on Campus

Explore Cornell in Washington

February 23rd, 2015 at 4:45pm 165 McGraw Hall

Internship Meetings

April 6th and 7th

By Appointment Only

Final Arrangements Meeting May 4, 2015 at 4:45

165 McGraw Hall


Program Dates and Costs


Fall 2015 Semester Program and CAPS

Application Deadline Extended, apply today!
Tuition Same as on campus
Program / Housing Fee $5,298
Move-in Date Friday, August 21, 2015
Move-out Date Friday, December 18, 2015
Recommended Internship Start Date Monday, August 31, 2015
Recommended Internship End Date Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Spring 2015 Semester Program

Application Deadline CLOSED
Tuition Same as on campus
Housing $5,065
Move-in Date Friday, January 16, 2015
Move-out Date Wednesday, May 20, 2015


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