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About CIW

"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



Cornell in Washington offers a transformative, applied learning experience where students engage with the most pressing issues of the
day through dynamic internships, world-class courses, and community engagement, emerging as scholars, professionals, active citizens,
and leaders. 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.


Summer Program

Full description of the Summer Program can be found here.

CAPS Program

CAPS in Washington is specifically for students in China and Asia-Pacific Studies. This program is only offered in the fall.


Upcoming Information Meetings on Campus

Information Session

Monday, March 4 @ 4:30 pm

Tuesday, March 5 @ 4:30pm

165 McGraw Hall

165 McGraw Hall

Internship Meetetings


By appointment

Pre-Departure Meeting Tuesday, April 30 @ 5:45



Program Dates and Costs

Fall 2019 Semester Program


Application Deadline

EXTENDED, there is still time!


Same as on campus

Housing / Program Charge


Move-in Date

Monday, August 26, 2019

Move-out Date

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Mandatory Residential and Program Orientation

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00am

Internship Start Date (recommended)

Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019

Internship End Date (recommended)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


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