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"There's just no other place like it.  CIW students don't merely study the dynamics inside Washington, they become part of it."

Dr. Jason Rao, Director of International Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology, CIW faculty


So glad you decided to join us!

We made the process as easy as possible with an online process. When you start an application, you will create an online account where you can return to finish your application, check the status of your application and access the internship database.

Each PROGRAM is slightly different so read your specific instructions: Semester, CAPS, Summer.

Application Instructions

For the Semester Program (updated as of January 2019):

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload your current resume.
  3. Provide a reference, the name and NetID of a professor or TA who knows your academic work
  4. Order an official transcript and have it sent to cwash@cornell.edu.
  5. Be sure to check with you advisor or department about how credits and courses will apply to your major.
  6. Application Deadlines

For the Summer Program:

Enrollment for each summer opens at the end of the Fall semester, usually in early January.

Complete the online information and then bring your non-refundable (and non-transferable) $500 deposit check (payable to Cornell University) to the CIW office at 300 Kennedy Hall. If you are off-campus, call our office 607-255-4090 for the mailing address.


Special Notes:

ILR students applying to a CIW Program should attach a note indicating that Brigid Beachler has been informed of this application. There is no restriction on ILR students participating in the Cornell in Washington Program.

Not sure how to write the statement of interest? Here are some guidelines:

In one page, provide a description of why you would like to attend Cornell in Washington.  Please include how CIW will help you pursue academic, career and/or personal interests.  Also describe a topic that you might like to research while you are in Washington. Give us an idea of what you already know about that topic and what aspects you might like to explore through research and writing at CIW.  You are not expected to have a detailed research proposal, as you will learn how to prepare that in Washington, and you are not bound to research that particular topic when you go to Washington.