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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



DESIGN YOUR OWN ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE by spending a semester or summer with the Cornell in Washington program. 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.

CAPS Program

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

Summer Program

Full description of the Summer Program can be found here.


Upcoming Information Meetings on Campus

Explore Cornell in Washington

February 12 at 4:45pm G76 Goldwin-Smith Hall

Internship Meetings

By Appointment Only


Final Arrangements Meeting TBD



Program Dates and Costs


Fall 2018 Semester Program and CAPS


Application Deadline

March 22nd, 2018


Same as on campus

Program / Housing Fee


Move-in Date

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Move-out Date


Internship Start Date (recommended)

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Internship End Date (recommended)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Spring 2018 Semester Program

Application Deadline



Same as on campus



Move-in Date

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Move-out Date

Monday, May 21st,


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