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

Byron Koay ’06 and the Washington Program were made for each other.

Since graduation, Koay, an Economics and Government dual major, has been involved in D.C. politics in a big way. “I was always interested in politics going into CMC and thought it would be a great experience to live and work in Washington, D.C.,” he says. “I don’t know how it is now but when I was at CMC, the program was seen as a very competitive and prestigious opportunity to do something that not many students in the country get to do.”

Q: What did you take home from the Program?
Koay: Learning how to balance work and life probably much earlier than rest of my peers because we had to work a full-time internship, attend classes at night (which required reading and writing papers), and living a “real-world” existence (finding your own apartment, maintaining it, etc.).

Gavin Landgraf ’14 knew he wanted to participate in the Washington Program during his junior year even before enrolling at CMC.

“My interest in public policy drew me to D.C., and I knew the Washington Program, which runs during the academic year instead of over the summer, would be the best way of experiencing the nation’s capital,” he says. “Once I arrived at CMC, Dr. Ken Miller recommended that I apply for the Program and helped me arrange my internship at the law firm Cooper & Kirk.”

Landgraf, a PPE major at CMC remembers the fall of 2012 as an exciting time to be in the U.S. Capitol.

“There is no denying that the Washington Program is demanding, between the academic workload and the full-time job,” he says. “I found that the pressure helped me to build professional habits such as communicating clearly, managing expectations and sticking to a personal schedule. These habits were essential during my senior year at CMC and in the years since D.C.”


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