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in the nation's capital

Through academics, professional development and community engagement opportunities in Washington, DC, Cornell in Washington is your opportunity to put KNOWLEDGE into ACTION!

  • Live in Cornell housing
  • Explore DC and develop local connections
  • Earn Cornell credits
  • Obtain practical experience by applying methods and theories learned in classes
  • Develop your professional interests and skills
  • Network with professionals in your field for references and future job opportunities
  • Have fun, meet new people, and enjoy 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!


CIW Alumni Spotlight

" CIW was an extremely important experience I had during my time at Cornell. As a premed, many of us are stuck with the "normal" STEM backgrounds and supplemental-experiences (such as summer research programs, shadowing, etc). The (one) class I took at CIW gave me insights of how political policy issues, such as in healthcare, immigration, drug policy, etc, affect different societies and peoples across America. I believe this knowledge is crucial in creating a more understanding and worldly physician. I also attended networking events that gave me insights to different career options. CIW in the summer is very different than CIW during the academic year as there is far more free time to take a real break and explore some part of ourselves outside our "normal academic patterns." I left DC with this other-wordy knowledge on career options, and a greater understanding and appreciation for my own personal and academic/career development outside of the common premed-tract. I recommend the CIW program both for people looking to supplement their existing interests (ie: in government), and for people looking to breakaway and explore other career options outside their existing interests (ie: premeds and/or even artists). DC in the summer is a vibrant and lively intern-filled city! Definitely an experience every college student should have!" Kirkland Sugrim SIW'19



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