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Prep Course

Dates TBD

All sessions will be held in the Eldersveld Room (Fifth Floor, Haven Hall)    

What is the Prep Course?

The Prep Course is a three session course held before students go to Washington, taught by a doctoral student in Political Science.  It's an opportunity for students to meet each other and collaborate on internship searches and trip preparation.  

Students register for the Prep Course as part of their DC semester (even though the class is run the semester prior to their arrival).   They don't receive credit for the Prep Course until they return from DC and present their research at a public poster session, or submit a video presentation.  MIW classes aren't listed in the LSA catalog; instruction on registration is covered in the Prep Course.    

The Prep Course is held two or three evenings (or occasionally on a Saturday morning) approximately 2 months after the term starts.  Students are also required to attend a Sendoff Meeting (parents invited) on a Saturday afternoon.  Content covered includes:

First session

  • Administrative forms, online registration for UCDC, photos, business cards, email lists and Ctools overview
  • Presentation by Career Center Staff  (resumes, cover letters, branding, social media)
  • Interview skills practice

Second session

  • Office etiquette exercise
  • Internship database review and discussion
  • Student panel with MIW alums, assign each new admit a student mentor.  

Third session

  • Research discussion and topics,
  • Updates and discussion of internship searches, 
  • Instructions on MIW course registration.  

UCDC Agreement

Students sign a rooming contract from UC which is a standard agreement that covers their stay in the Washington Center.  This agreement states the current rates and dates for the term, as well as the usual provisions in a dormitory lease.  UM students agree to adhere to the UC code of conduct in this agreement, as well as authorize the room charge to be added to the UM tuition bill.  

Post-Admission

Acceptance Form and Withdrawal Fee

The Acceptance Form confirms that the student is accepting the offer to participate in the MIW program for a specific term and secures their place in a specific cohort.  The form also serves as agreement to a withdrawal fee of $300 should the student decide not to participate after accepting admission to the program.  

Participation Agreement

The Participation Agreement is signed by the student upon admission to MIW.  The primary purpose of the agreement is to inform the student that s/he must observe codes of appropriate conduct for both the University of Michigan and the University of California and that they accept financial responsibility for the program and housing during the Washington semester.  

Basic and Supplemental Health Information

  Once admitted, students will be asked to provide Basic Health Information: 

  • The student's health insurance policy number
  • Two Emergency contacts

MIW students are required to have health coverage while they are in Washington.  Students who don't have an active policy can get basic emergency coverage with a Young Adult Policy through Blue Cross of Michigan for under $100 per month.  

If the student wishes to provide additional information regarding health issues, it can be provided in the onboarding questionnaire in the Prep Class, or communicated directly to the Program Manager in DC.  For example:  

  •  Information about medications, special dietary needs, allergies and ongoing medical treatment may impact student's ability to work effectively in DC.  If students would like referrals for physicians or other advice, they can discuss this with the Program Manager.