Applications for early admission for the summer or fall terms are due by March 15 and for the spring semester are due by Oct. 15.
Applications for the regular admission for the summer will be accepted through April 1; for the fall will be accepted through July 1; and for the spring will be accepted through November 15.
The application is available online or by clicking on the Apply Now link at the top of the page. You will need to submit PDFs of your resume and an unofficial CU transcript along with your application, so please have those handy before starting your application.
Students who apply for the program will be interviewed by both the CMCI Capital Media Program faculty director and the Washington Media Institute director to be sure they are ready for this intensive experience. Those who are selected for the program will be guaranteed an internship that will help them advance their professional knowledge.
This program is less about prior experience and more about attitude: We want students who are willing to go all in. The CMCI Capital Media Program provides an opportunity to do real-world work while furthering your education—but it’s also a time-intensive program that encourages you to tackle challenges and step out of your comfort zone. Although there are no mandatory course requirements and no specific past experience required to apply, you should be able to demonstrate your ability to successfully take on new experiences and an intense workload.
You will interview with the program director and/or the assistant director at the Washington Media Institute, and working in coordination with them, you will be matched with an internship that is a good fit for your current skill set and your career ambitions. Program internships are available in a range of media professions including journalism and other forms of media writing, media production, photography, videography, advertising, public relations, data analysis and data visualization.
Program internships are available in a range of media professions including journalism and other forms of media writing, media production, photography, videography, advertising, public relations, data analysis and data visualization.
Your internship placement will be determined by you in consultation with the director and/or assistant director of the Washington Media Institute. Former students in the program have interned at organizations including CNN, ABC News, The Hill, National Resources Defense Council, Susan Davis International, Monumental Sports Entertainment, Sirius XM and United Nations Foundation.
Students will spend at least 32 hours per week at their internships. A typical internship schedule includes four, eight-hour workdays—for example, Mondays through Thursdays—throughout the semester or summer term. Nearly all of the internships are unpaid.
In addition, students will be enrolled in in-person courses designed for the CMCI Capital Media Program that will complement what they are learning in their internships. These courses are designed to serve all CMCI majors and explore a variety of professional issues and skills that are relevant to gathering and analyzing information and communicating that information to the public.
During the fall and spring semesters, students will earn a total of 15 credits, including 6 internship credits (typically taken in their major) and 9 CMCI course credits. The CMCI courses offered during the fall and spring semesters are:
CMCI 3000: Special Topics: Media Skills for Professionals—3 credits
CMCI 3201: The Politics of Media—3 credits
CMCI 3202: Entrepreneurial Media—3 credits
During the summer term, students earn a total of 9 credits, including 6 internship credits in their major and 3 CMCI course credits. The CMCI course offered during the summer term is:
No. Because you will be enrolled in your courses through CU Continuing Education and will be taking CMCI courses, you will not need to transfer your course or internship credits.
In the fall or spring semesters, the total for tuition is $17,872. Housing is provided by the Washington Media Institute and is estimated to be $7,200. For the 10-week summer term, the tuition total is $9,213 and housing is estimated to be $5,600.
Students will be billed for a deposit of $500 at the time they are enrolled in the program. The deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days before the program starts. No refunds of deposits will be provided after that point.