Washington Program

Washington Program students

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

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.”

Craig McPherson mugshot

In 2004, Craig McPherson ’06 was drawn to the Washington Program. As a PPE/Government double major participating in the Program might seem a natural extension of McPherson’s interests – but it was more utilitarian than just that.

“From deep study of the philosophical origins of our system of government to the more crass practical politics of the interplay of elected officials, think tanks, interest groups and the media, a CMC government major has a better understanding than most of the moving parts that make our government function,” he says. “The Washington Program gave a real life opportunity to put into use what we were learning in the classroom.” 


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