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"There's just no other place like it.  CIW students don't merely study the dynamics inside Washington, they become part of it."

Dr. Jason Rao, Director of International Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology, CIW faculty

 

Use the online application process to apply for any of the Cornell in Washington programs. When you start an application, you will create an online account you can return to to finish your application, check the status of your application and access the internship database.

 

Special Instructions

For the Semester Program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a statement of interest (see note below).
  3. Order an official transcript and have it sent to cwash@cornell.edu.
  4. Request a letter of recommendation from a professor or graduate TA who knows your academic work well.
  5. Be sure to check with you advisor or department about how credits and courses will apply to your major.

For the CAPS Program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a statement of interest (see note below).
  3. Order an official transcript and have it sent to cwash@cornell.edu.

For the CUSP Program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a statement of interest that includes an essay on (a) your notion of social justice, (b) a description of what you bring to  an urban social justice issues internship (e.g., knowledge, skills, and abilities) and (c) how you expect to benefit personally and professionally from this experience.
  3. Order an official transcript and have it sent to cwash@cornell.edu.
  4. Request a letter of recommendation from a professor or graduate TA who knows your academic work well.

For the Summer Program:

Enrollment for each summer opens at the end of the Fall semester, usually in early December.

Complete the online enrollment information and then bring your non-refundable $500 deposit check (payable to Cornell University) to the CIW office at M101 McGraw Hall.

 


Special Notes:

ILR students applying to a CIW Program should attach a note indicating that Brigid Beachler has been informed of this application. There is no restriction on ILR students participating in the Cornell in Washington Program.

Not sure how to write the statement of interest? Here are some guidelines:
In one page, provide a description of a topic that you might like to research while you are in Washington. Give us an idea of what you already know, what the central questions are, and how you might begin to answer these questions through original research. You are not expected to have a detailed research proposal: you will learn how to prepare that in Washington. You are not expected to know the answers to questions: that is the point of the research in DC. And you are not bound to research this particular area when you go to Washington.