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Meet James Bessoir

Name: James Bessoir
Major: Government and History
Internship: NASA Headquarters
Semester Spent in D.C.: SP 2017

-Working at NASA was a great opportunity, why did you choose it?

I wanted to do something different. I’ve always been interested in space and space science on the side. I thought if I could do something that merged that with policy and government that I would have a really cool job opportunity.
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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!



Fall Advocacy Day

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CIW alumni advocating for financial aid in the halls of Congress! Participate in this year's Advocacy Day with Cornell Federal Relations by attending meetings to advocate for your interests in financial aid, immigration, and climate science funding with Representatives and their staff on Fri. Nov 3.


Tribute to Professor Ted Lowi

One of our founding fathers, Ted Lowi was instrumental in conceiving and establishing the Cornell in Washington program. He was a strong advocate of the program with Cornell administrators, faculty and students and was an integral presence during its infancy in the early 1980s. Due to his efforts, Cornell was a pioneer in Washington semester programs. CIW has provided academic courses, internships and other opportunities in Washington DC continuously every semester and summer since its founding, creating a network of over 4,000 alumnae across the country and beyond. The continued vitality of CIW and accolades it receives from students each semester is one of the enduring legacies of its founder, Ted Lowi. The entire CIW staff and faculty is honored to carry forth his vision and legacy.
Professor David Pelletier, Director

Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle, Ted Lowi, renowned political scientist, dies at 85







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Spring 2018 Move-in Day
The semester in DC begins!  Students move into 2148 O Street NW. Get ready for your best semester yet!      ... more>>
Mandatory Program and Residential Orientation!
For all CIW students and Cornell Center residents! Meet together in the lecture room to introduce yourself to your classmates, meet the tutors,... more>>
Library of Congress Tour
Take a docent-led walking tour of one of the world’s great libraries and one of Washington’s great buildings.  The tour will emphasize the... more>>
Student Mixer
Get to know fellow students of the CIW community.  Come to an informal gathering in the Multi-purpose Room.  As if people alone are... more>>
Trolley Tour
Hop-on, hop-off tour of DC. See monumental Washington at your own pace. You decide when you want to stop for exploration and include... more>>
Join us in the main classroom for Pizza and to watch the Superbowl on the big screen!             more>>