The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington.  The program provides a chance for students to combine coursework with an internship that reflects each student's particular area of interest such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment and science and technology.  Students gain access to local Washington experts through speaker courses, internships, contacts with UM alumni and alumnae, and other networking opportunities made available through the program. 


Students are free to pursue internships at any organization.  They are coached in internship searching strategies as part of the prep class that is taken the semester before going to D.C.  In addition to Congressional internships, students have interned at the White House, Smithsonian, CNN, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, National Defense University, Center for American Progress, Children's Defense Fund among others.

Academic Requirements

Most students admitted to the program are of junior or senior standing, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. 

Students participate in a Prep Class (2 credits)  prior to leaving for Washington.  The Prep Class (which is held one evening a week for 3-4 weeks) focuses on the student's internship search, interview techniques, and negotiation skills.

The Research Seminar (4 credits) is the core course of the program.  Students are expected to produce a substantial research paper  on a topic of their choosing and interest. Credit for the course can be earned in Poli Sci or other departments with faculty oversight and prior arrangements

Students receive 2 credits for internships.  Typical work hours are Monday through Thursday, 9-5.  Credit for the course can be earned in Poli Sci or other departments with faculty oversight and prior arrangements

The Washington Experience course (1 credit) is a requirement which features prominent local speakers. 

Electives  (3 credits) are taught by UM faculty and faculty from other schools sharing the residence hall (University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Washington University).  Students may take up to two electives. 


Students admitted to the MIW program live in the UCDC Washington Center, near DuPont Circle and less than a mile from the White House.  This modern facility is in a vibrant residential and commercial area. Students from the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University also live in the building.  The Metro system  and walking are the primary methods of transportation. Meals are not included


Each MIW student is assigned to a mentor in D.C. who is a U-M graduate and professional.  Mentors meet students regularly throughout the term for lunch, MIW events, and weekend excursions. 


Participants are registered as full-time University of Michigan students and remain eligible for financial aid (other than work study).  Tuition costs are the same as on the main campus; however, housing and living costs are higher.  MIW will work with students to compensate for additional costs. 


Applications for the MIW program are accepted and reviewed in October and February.  Early admission is available and recommended for students interested in internships that require security clearance (e.g., State Department, CIA, FBI, Department of Justice).  Application materials are available on the Website.   All students who apply to the program will be interviewed. Forms are available on the MIW website (

For further information, contact the MIW office 734-615-6491, or send an email to   

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