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Martha Bindeman Tribute

Martha (Marty) Koenig Bindeman passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones.

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.

What is Michigan in Washington?

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.  


Student of the Week

Name: Sidney Arrington-Ashford

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Major: Political Science Minor: Community Action and Social Change

Internship Placement: Emerge America

Why did you decide to do Michigan in Washington?

I learned about Michigan in Washington from my mentor and MIW alumna Naomi Smith. Naomi advocated for the program to help me live out my dreams in Washington, DC as an intern exploring my political interests. Since high school I have taken great interests in politics specifically policy geared towards the advancement of African Americans and international policy. After doing research and hearing great reviews, I knew Michigan in Washington was a great opportunity to jumpstart my career in the political sphere.

What are some of the projects you have been working on at your internship?

At Emerge America I am a finance fellow that specializes in doing donor research for the non-profit organization and assisting with event planning and implementation. Upon starting my internship, I helped execute the annual Women’s Convening with Democratic women from all over the United States. Currently I am securing donors and guests for our upcoming event with fashion designer Maria Pinto.

What elective are you taking and is there anything interesting you have been learning in this class?

I am currently taking “Campaigns & Elections” with Professor Goldstein. I enjoy learning how to run a political campaign and how campaigns influence an election. My favorite part of the class is examining campaign strategies and knowing that I am one step closer to becoming the next great political pioneer.  

What has been your coolest moment in D.C. so far?

There have been many great moments in D.C. so far however my top two favorite moments were meeting Communications Specialist Jeff Johnson while being featured on C-span during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference and receiving the opportunity to meet Representative Nancy Pelosi.

What are you looking forward to for the rest of the semester?

I am looking forward to visiting law schools in the surrounding area and exploring DC’s hidden treasures. 

Sidney Arrington, MIW Fall 2017

Sidney Arrington, MIW Fall 2017

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