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Roger Wilkins Tribute

The Michigan in Washington Program remembers former MIW Advisory Board Member (2005-2012) and UM alumnus Roger Wilkins, who died March 26, 2017 in the Washington, DC suburb of Kensington, Maryland.

The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology). The semester in Washington is rigorous. Students work during the day, attend classes in the evenings, and explore the city on weekends. They cook their own meals and use the Metro system for transportation. Most leave Washington longing to return.

Students are free to pursue internships of their own choosing. They are coached in internship searching strategies as part of a prep class that is taken the semester before going to D.C. Students have interned at the White House, the Smithsonian, CNN, CBS, Public Defender’s Service, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, NAACP, The Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, National Defense University, Partnership for Public Service, Center for American Progress, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and many others.

Scholarships are available for this living and learning program.  

                                    

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