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Interview with Hannah McKinney

CIW's Professor Silbey interviews the winner of 2015's John F Kennedy Memorial Award, Hannah McKinney.  

How did your Cornell experience shape your vision of your future?

Cornell had allowed me to pursue my interests rather than a prescribed career path, for which I am very grateful. My professors are so supportive because they understand the plight of the liberal arts student! The sheer variety and amount of unbelievable experiences that I have had through Cornell (Cornell in Washington, a summer in Spain, volunteering in a prison) have undeniably shaped who I am and who I will be. I don't think that every school offers this diverse array of opportunities. That said, Cornell has also given me perspective and the ability to make practical decisions about my future. 

Read the full interview on our blog

Where will CIW lead you?

Washington, D.C. was recently ranked the number one best city for recent graduates by The Fiscal Times for its strong job market, and many opportunities in government as well as in business, science and the arts.   

The Cornell in Washington program offers you the unique opportunity to experience our nation’s capital region while:

  • Earning Cornell credits
  • Gaining work experience and developing transferable skills
  • Obtaining practical experience by applying methods and theories learned in classes
  • Networking with professionals in your field for references and future job opportunities
  • Increasing confidence in your abilities
  • Having fun, meeting new people, and enjoying an enormous range of cultural and recreational activities!

Learn why Cornellians from all majors often refer to their semester in Washington as the “best semester” of their time as an undergraduate!


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FREE visit to the Newseum!
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Visit with US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg
At the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak briefly and answer questions from CIW students. Justice Ginsburg is a graduate of... more>>
Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Cornell in Washington students attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Stay tuned for updates on the case! more>>
Museum Saturday: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
We will be visiting the Holocaust Museum, an institution dedicated both to remembering the past and ensuring that genocide can never happen again.... more>>
Last Meeting Before Coming to Washington!
Your opportunity to go over last minute details and questions about your spring 2016 semester in Washington. Learn more about housing options,... more>>
Conference dinner
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