Washington Program

2017 Spring Washington Program students  during Orientation

Students in the Washington Program spend either the fall or spring semester in the nation's capital working at a full-time internship, taking three classes, and meeting with prominent political figures. Students work at a diverse array of organizations, such as the Sierra Club, the Environmental Protection Agency, the White House, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, CNN, the Smithsonian, the Senate Budget Committee, and Amnesty International.


Washington Program Profiles

Jenna Hussein ’15 is a newly-minted CMC graduate who participated in the Washington Program just three years ago in the fall of 2013. But despite Hussein’s relatively short time-span to date out in the “real world” post-graduation, she, like many CMCers before her (and doubtless many others that will come after) has packed a lot of activity in that duration.

“I graduated in May 2015, backpacked in Europe/West Africa for two months, and began working at an economic consulting firm (Analysis Group) in Los Angeles,” she says. “I am involved with pro bono work through the company and am currently researching the long-term outcomes of HIV treatment programs in Rwanda.”

Back in the fall of 1991, Matthew Bibbens ’92 gained something from the Washington Program that he can sum up in one word: Confidence. “I learned to have confidence in myself and developed the ability to see the Program as an opportunity to apply what I had learned at CMC in more of a real world setting,” he says.

Bibbens, who graduated from CMC with an Economics-History dual major, admits that his academic trajectory at CMC “lagged a bit.”


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