The Michigan in Washington (MIW) program offers an opportunity each year for 20 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 action-packed. Students work four days a week (32 hours), attend an elective one evening a week, and a policy research course on Friday mornings. They spend their weekends exploring the city and taking in cultural events. Most leave Washington longing to return.
Students are free to pursue internships of their choosing. They are coached in internship searching strategies, networking, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing as part of a professional development class that is taken the semester before going to D.C. Students have interned at the White House, the Smithsonian, Congress, CNN, Greenpeace, 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.
Funding is available for this living and learning program. Every student admitted to Michigan in Washington receives a $1500 scholarship. Funding above this amount is based on financial need.