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Michigan in Washington Program

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Holly Holland, Political Science & Gender, Race, and Nation, Fall 2023

Since high school, I have wanted to run for office and effect change to improve my community and the world around me. I knew that MIW would be the closest opportunity to experience what it's like to work as a legislator while still a student.

Vidya Srinivasan, Political Science & Complex Systems; Law, Justice, and Social Change, Fall 2023

Absolutely do the program!! Everyone that I have talked to unequivocally describes MiW as one of the best decisions they have made at Michigan.

What is Michigan in Washington?

The 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 own 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. 


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