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The courses you take in D.C. are at the heart of the Cornell in Washington Program. Choose from fall, spring, or summer classes taught by leading Cornell faculty and earn Cornell credits. Open to students from any college and any major.

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Fall/Spring Semester

Enroll in one core course and two or three electives, complete an internship, do a research project, and take advantage of all DC has to offer. This option is open to Cornell students only.

Fall/Spring information

CIW students working in lounge

Summer Term

During the eight-week summer term, you’ll enroll in one course, earn four Cornell credits, and, if you wish, complete an internship. This option is open to Cornell students who have completed their freshman year.

Summer information 

Fall 2023, Professor Silbey’s class with guest speaker, Civic Engagement Manager of Google

My semester with CIW completely shifted my academic and professional trajectory. I am now working on getting a Master of Public Affairs from Brown University and I owe that to CIW.

– Peter Terrazas, CIW Spring 2022