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"Where do you start to make positive change?"

In this excerpt from Cornell University President Martha Pollack's 2017 Commencement address, Pollack illustrates one of the university's values — discovering and imparting truth — by citing the creation of Cornell in Washington by the late Theodore Lowi, renowned political scientist, beloved professor, and the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions Emeritus at Cornell.

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!


CIW Welcomes Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris 

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“As a Cornell alumnus, I have been looking for opportunities to help students advance their careers and connect more fully with public policy,” says Harris. His course, Leadership in Public Affairs will be taught FA17 at CIW!

Summer 2017 Open

Two new courses for summer:

  • The DC Environment: Environmental Challenges, Environmental Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the Nation's Capital
  • America's Wars from Alexander Hamilton to Barack Obama and Beyond, 1776 -future


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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