Students can participate in CU in D.C. over a fall semester, spring semester, or over summer session D. Participants come from a variety of majors and colleges on campus. Some CU in D.C. students have Political Science or International Affairs majors, but numerous participants have other majors, such as Economics, Communication, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, or History. CU in D.C. is not just for Political Science and International Affairs majors. The experience is open and beneficial to a wide range of students, with different majors and professional interests.
- The program is offered in fall, spring, and summer session D. Students follow the exact dates that are used on campus. For specific semester/session dates, go to the CU Boulder Academic Calendar.
- Students typically take two CU classes at night, and do an internship in the daytime.
- Current classroom and internship courses are A&S courses.
- Students earn full academic credit for the evening classes and for the daytime internship.
- In fall or spring, students earn 6 credits for the internship, and 6 credits for two different evening classes, for a total of 12 credits.
- In summer session D, students earn 3 credits for the internship, and 3 credits for one evening class, for a total of 6 credits.
- Participants earn credit toward their majors and toward graduation requirements.
- CU-hired instructors teach the evening classes, and classes are held in our D.C. classroom space.
- Each internship course has an instructor of record who is located on the Boulder campus. The instructor of record is from the student’s major department.
- CU in D.C. provides students with detailed registration instructions after they are accepted to the program. At this time, students register online, through MyCUinfo, just as they normally would. Starting in fall 2021, the Education Abroad Registrar may register students for the program (TBD).
- Students should consult with their academic advisors prior to registration, to make sure they are fulfilling department and graduation requirements.
- Students live with other CU in D.C. students in a pre-arranged, centrally located apartment in Washington D.C.
- CU in D.C. Fall/Spring/Summer application.
- ARSC-4750-550R, Social Foundations of Professional Life in Washington D.C., 3 credits, evening classroom course. The course usually counts toward upper-level A&S elective credit. We require that all CU in D.C. students register for this course, and that the group takes the course together. The course is offered fall, spring, and summer session D.
- Internship course number from your major/minor department; 3 credits in summer, 6 credits in fall and spring; daytime internship course. Each student registers for an internship course number from their major or minor. Students earn credit for doing the internship, and also have some academic assignments related to the internship experience. Here is a sample list of possible internship course numbers:
||Arts & Sciences Internship
||Political Science Internship
||Internship in International Affairs
||Internship in Economics*
|ENVS 3030-550R and 551R
||Environmental Studies Internship**
*Students must get special approval for Economics internships and can only earn 3 credits
** Two sections, 3 credits each
This sample list is not exhaustive. Many other departments offer internship course numbers. If you want to earn credit for an internship in your major, and that course number is not listed above, the CU in D.C. Program can contact the department and request permission to create a CU in D.C. section number so you can do an internship in your major. Students can also opt to earn general ARSC-3935 credit for the internship experience.
- Choice of another evening classroom course. We offer three different evening classroom courses; each worth 3 credits. Students usually pick one of these evening courses, but if a student wants to register for two of these classes and skip the ARSC-4750 course, we sometimes allow that option. These courses are offered in fall and spring and are not offered in summer session D.
- IAFS-4500-551R, International Affairs Senior Seminar: The Global Environment and National Security (listed as Post-Cold War World)
PSCI-3206-551R, The Environment and Public Policy: The Global Environment and National Security (listed as Environment/Public Policy)
*offered in spring only
- WRTG-3020-550R, Topics in Writing: Composing Civic Life (topic ID 117)
*offered fall and spring
- IAFS-4500-550R, International Affairs Senior Seminar: The Unwitting Empire: War, Diplomacy, Economics, and Culture in 20th Century U.S. Foreign Policy
PSCI-3163-550R, American Foreign Policy: The Unwitting Empire: War, Diplomacy, Economics, and Culture in 20th Century U.S. Foreign Policy
*offered in fall only
Where do students intern in Washington D.C.?
Examples of past internship placements for CU in D.C. students include:
- AmerisourceBergen Corporation
- America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
- Amnesty International, Women’s Advocacy Division
- Anti-Defamation League
- Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
- Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS)
- Avalere Health
- Brandlink DC
- Bridging Nations Foundation
- Calvary Women's Services
- Cancer Support Community
- Center for International Policy, Win Without War
- China Central Television
- CitiOpen Tennis Tournament
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics
- Common Cause
- Congressman Adam Schiff
- Congressman Ed Perlmutter
- Congressman Jason Crow
- Congressman Joe Neguse
- Congressman Ken Buck
- Congresswoman Diana DeGette
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- CU Office of Government Relations
- D.C. Department of Corrections
- D.C. Historical Society
- D.C. Rape Crisis Center
- Democratic Governors Association
- Education Abroad Services/International Student and Scholar Services (NAFSA)
- Enroll America
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Federal Aviation Administration, Policy for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- Foundation for the Defense of Democracy
- Georgetown Law Investigative Internship Program, Criminal Justice Clinic
- German Marshall Fund
- Global Health Council
- Heritage Foundation
- Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
- International Bar Association
- International Campaign for Tibet
- International Law Institute (ILI)
- International Rescue Committee
- Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Children's Hospital
- Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Middle East Institute
- Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association (MENA)
- NARAL Pro Choice
- NASA Headquarters
- National Archives Foundation
- National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)
- National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Center for Civil Rights
- National Environmental Health Organization (NEHA)
- National Gallary of Arts
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), Genetic Epidemiology Branch
- National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation
- National Network to End Domestic Violence
- National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
- No Labels
- O'Neill and Associates
- Osgood Center for International Studies
- Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)
- Polaris Consulting
- Powell Tate
- Republican Governors Association
- Roosevelt Group
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Senator John Hickenlooper
- Senator Mark Kirk
- Senator Mark Udall
- Senator Michael Bennet
- Senator Ted Cruz
- Sirius XM
- Smithsonian Institute
- Susan Davis International
- The Daily Caller
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of Migration and Refugee Services
- U.S. Department of Education Office of Communication
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
- U.S. Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
- U.S. Department of State, American Academy for Diplomacy
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Trade and Labor Affairs
- U.S. Department of State, Global Women's Issues
- U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Systems
- U.S. Department of State, Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
- U.S. Peace Corps, Office of the Director
- U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- U.S. Trade Representative Office, Executive Office of the U.S. President
- U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Economic Policy
- UN Foundation, Family Planning
- UN Foundation, Global Entrepreneurs Council
- United Nations Foundation, Advocacy Division
- United Press International
- Urban Institute
- Voice of America
- WAMU, Kojo Nnamdi Show
- Washington Life Magazine
- Washington Wizards
- White House Correspondence Office
- White House Council of Economic Advisors
- White House Liaison Office, Homeland Security
- White House Office of Communication
- White House Office of Management and Budget
- White House Office of the First Lady
- Wilson Center
- Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND)
- World Affairs Council, Global Education
- Youth Service America