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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:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a statement of interest (see note below).
  3. Order an official transcript and have it sent to cwash@cornell.edu.
  4. Upload your current resume.
  5. Request a letter of recommendation from a professor or graduate TA who knows your academic work well.
  6. Be sure to check with you advisor or department about how credits and courses will apply to your major.
  7. Application Deadlines

For the CAPS Program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a statement of interest (see note below).
  3. Order an official transcript and have it sent to cwash@cornell.edu.
  4. Upload your current resume.

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 105 Morrill 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 a topic that you might like to research while you are in Washington. Give us an idea of what you already know, what the central questions are, and how you might begin to answer these questions through original research. You are not expected to have a detailed research proposal: you will learn how to prepare that in Washington. You are not expected to know the answers to questions: that is the point of the research in DC. And you are not bound to research this particular area when you go to Washington.