Courses of Study 2014-2015 
    Jun 12, 2024  
Courses of Study 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cornell in Washington, Semester Program

M101 McGraw Hall
(607) 255-4090

Cornell in Washington is a unique opportunity for students in any major or with any career interest. Qualified second-semester sophomores*, and juniors and seniors in all colleges can earn full academic credit—and grades that count in their GPAs—for a semester in Washington, D.C., taking small, seminar courses from Cornell faculty members, conducting research, getting real-life work experience, and living at Cornell’s Wolpe Center near Dupont Circle.

*Please note sophomore applicants must have an interview with the CIW Director.

Washington, as the center of much of the nation’s political energy, is an ideal place to be part of American public policy and the institutions and processes through which it is formulated and implemented. At the same time, Washington’s rich collection of libraries, museums, theaters and art galleries offers an opportunity to enjoy and explore American cultural life, present and past. Washington’s vast financial, technology, and health-related sectors create endless opportunities in those arenas, as well.

In addition to working at a self-selected internship, Cornell in Washington students enroll in one of two core courses—Studies in Public Policy or Studies in the American Experience—that involve a major research project on a topic of their choice. Students also select one or two other elective seminars from such fields as government, history, economics, history of art, and social policy. All seminars carry appropriate credit toward fulfillment of major, distribution, and other academic requirements.

The program is housed at 2148 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.


Students are registered as full-time students, earn Cornell credit, pay full tuition of their home college, and remain eligible for financial aid.


Students are housed in furnished apartments with full kitchens at Cornell’s Wolpe Center. Students are discouraged from bringing automobiles. The public transportation system, consisting of both bus and subway service, is extensive and convenient to the center, and street parking is not permissible.


Students may apply online at Applications should be submitted the semester before participation.  For questions or concerns, stop by the Cornell in Washington program office at M101 McGraw Hall or email

Cornell in Washington, Summer Program

A modified seven-week program involving courses and internships is available during the summer. Students earn 6 to 8 credits depending on their course selection.


The Cornell in Washington program holds regular information meetings on campus in early October and February. Check the website for dates and times. Additional information concerning internships, courses, housing, and other features of the program may be obtained at either the Cornell in Washington program office at M101 McGraw Hall, (607) 255-4090, or in Washington at the Cornell Center, 2148 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, (202) 466-2184.