CU in D.C. participants can choose from three program tracks.  The Standard-Track is suitable for most A&S students and is offered in fall, spring, and summer.  The Media-Track is relevant to CMCI students and is offered in fall, spring, and summer.  The Maymester Science Policy course appeals to science majors and students with an interest in science policy and is offered each May.

Students from other University of Colorado campuses (Colorado Springs and Denver) follow the same applications instructions that are presented below.  Students from the College of Letters Arts & Sciences on the UCCS campus, and students from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences from the Denver campus, should select the CU Boulder campus A&S student instructions below (the Standard-Track).

The Standard-Track for College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) students was the original and foundational offering for the CU in D.C. program.  Most participants come from a variety of majors out of A&S, but this track is occasionally open to students outside of A&S (i.e.: a Leeds student).  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. 

Some Details

  • The Standard-Track 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. 
  • All Standard-Track 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 in the Carnegie for International Peace Building near Dupont Circle.
  • 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.  In fall and spring, students register online, through MyCUinfo, just as they normally do.  In the summer, students have a special registration process through Continuing Education. 
  • 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. Standard-Track application.

Course Options

  1.  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 recommend 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.
  2. 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:

Course Number Title
ARSC-3944-550R Arts & Sciences Internship
PSCI-4938-550R Political Science Internship
IAFS-4930-550R Internship in International Affairs
ECON-4939-550R Internship in Economics
SOCY-4931-550R Sociology Internship
COMM-4930-550R Communications Internship
PHIL-3930-550R Philosophy Internship
ENVS 3030-550R and 551R Environmental Studies Internship*

* 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.

  1. 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)
    Co-listed w/
    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
     Co-listed w/
    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 Standard-Track students intern in Washington D.C.?

Examples of past internship placements for CU in D.C. Standard-Track students include: 

  • Al Jazeera America
  • AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  • Amnesty International, Women’s Advocacy Division
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Avalere Health
  • Brandlink DC
  • Bridging Nations Foundation
  • Center for International Policy, Win Without War
  • China Central Television
  • CitiOpen Tennis Tournament
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics
  • Congressman Adam Schiff
  • Congressman Ed Perlmutter
  • Congressman Jared Huffman
  • Congressman Jared Polis
  • Congressman Ken Buck
  • Congressman Mike Coffman
  • Congressman Paul Tonko
  • Congressman Scott Tipton
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette
  • CU Office of Government Relations
  • D.C. Department of Corrections
  • DC Witness
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Education Abroad Services/International Student and Scholar Services (NAFSA)
  • Enroll America
  • Federal Aviation Administration, Policy for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  • Georgetown Law Investigative Internship Program, Criminal Justice Clinic
  • German Marshall Fund
  • Global Health Council
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
  • International Campaign for Tibet
  • International Law Institute
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Children's Hospital
  • kGlobal
  • Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association (MENA)
  • National Archives
  • National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Center for Civil Rights
  • 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
  • Powell Tate
  • Republican Governors Association
  • Senator Cory Gardner
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Senator Mark Kirk
  • Senator Mark Udall
  • Senator Michael Bennet
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • 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 Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 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. 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 Redskins
  • 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
  • WJLA
  • Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND)
  • World Affairs Council, Global Education
  • Youth Service America

The Media-Track, for College of Media, Communication, and Information (CMCI) students, is a specialized track that focuses on media-related disciplines.  Most participants come from a variety of majors out of CMCI, but this track is occasionally open to students outside of CMCI (i.e.: an A&S student). 

You will find answers to many of your questions below, but if you would like to ask additional questions about the Media-Track option, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Skewes, the Faculty Director of the CU in D.C. Media-Track at CMCI:

CU in D.C. and WMI logos

FAQs

What is CU in D.C., CMCI, and WMI and how are they connected?

CU in D.C. is the University of Colorado Boulder program that offers CU undergraduate students an internship and coursework experience in Washington D.C. for a semester or for a summer.  CU in D.C. is the main mechanism through which CU Boulder students can earn credit for internships and CU classes in Washington D.C.  CMCI is the acronym for the College of Media, Communication, and Information at CU Boulder.  Students who want to participate in CU in D.C. and who have CMCI majors can participate in a specialized CU in D.C. Media-Track that focuses on media-related disciplines.  WMI is the acronym for The Washington Media Institute, a D.C. program that works in collaboration with CU in D.C. to provide CU CMCI students the Media-Track offering.  For CU in D.C. students who have CMCI majors, we say they are on the “Media-Track.” 

WMI is a program that bridges the gap between the information taught in traditional media classes, and the skills students need to succeed in the real professional world.  Through weekly classes, networking opportunities, and internships, WMI prepares participants for careers in media and develops them into dynamic and marketable media professionals.  To learn more about the program, visit the WMI website overview page or visit the WMI homepage.

How do I apply to the CU in D.C. Media-Track? 

In order to participate in the Media-Track, you must first apply to the CU in D.C. program.  From there, the CU in D.C. program will consider your candidacy, and if you indicate that you have a CMCI major on the application and are accepted into the program, you are automatically placed in the special Media-Track.  CU in D.C. students who participate in the Media-Track earn a total of 15 credits during the fall and spring semesters, and earn 6 credits during the summer.  These students pay the same tuition, share the same housing, and go through the same application process as all other CU in D.C. students who have non-CMCI majors. 

How is the Media-Track different from the Standard-Track? 

The main distinction between the Media-Track and the Standard-Track is that CMCI majors who participate in the specialized Media-Track have an intensive immersion experience in the professional media world of Washington D.C.  Another difference is that WMI staff work directly with CMCI students to place them in an internship, whereas CU in D.C. students with other majors work with the CU in D.C. team to secure internship placements. 

Why should you participate in the CU in D.C. Media-Track?

If you have a CMCI major and are interested in gaining practical, hands-on experience in a media-related field, there are many benefits to your participation the CU in D.C. Media-Track.  Some of the benefits include:  1) Receiving individualized internship placement support and securing a substantive internship at a top media organization, 2) Participating in weekly seminar and networking opportunities, 3) Paying the exact same tuition for credits that you would pay if you were on campus, 4) Earning full CU credit for your internship and coursework, without having to worry about transferring credit, 5) Having D.C. apartment-style housing that is pre-arranged and 6) Being able to access your usual financial aid package for the experience.  

Additional Details

  • The CU in D.C. Media-Track is offered in fall, spring, and summer session D.  CU in D.C. follows the exact class dates that are used on campus.  For specific semester/session dates, go to the CU Boulder Academic Calendar.
  • Students typically do an internship in the daytime, Monday through Thursday.  In fall and spring, they have class all day on Fridays, and usually on Monday and Thursday evenings.  In summer, students usually have class Wednesday evening.
  • All Media-Track classroom and internship courses are CMCI courses.
  • You 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 9 credits for three different classroom courses, for a total of 15 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.  Courses are offered in APRD, CMCI, MDST, and JRNL. 
  • A WMI instructor teaches the classroom courses and they are held in the CU in D.C. classroom space in the Carnegie for International Peace Building near Dupont Circle.
  • The WMI instructor is the instructor of record for all of the internship course numbers (APRD, MDST, JRNL). 
  • CU in D.C. provides students with detailed registration instructions after they are accepted to the program.  In fall and spring, students register online, through MyCUinfo, just as they normally do.  In the summer, students have a special registration process through Continuing Education. 
  • 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. Media-Track application.
  • If you want to ask questions that are specific to the WMI, please contact WMI at info@washmediainstitute.org or 202-573-9641.  After acceptance into the CU in D.C. program, you will also collaborate directly with WMI to explore internship opportunities and to secure an internship placement. 

Course Options

  1. CMCI students register for one internship course number from the chart below. Students register for 6 internship credits
  2. CMCI students register for three classroom courses related to their majors/specialized tracks. They select a total of 9 classroom course credits (3+3+3)

APRD (Advertising, Public Relations, & Media Design), Advertising Track

Course Number Title Credits SIS Meetings
APRD-3002-550R Communication Platforms 3 TR 6:30-9 p.m.
APRD-4543-550R Strategic Brand Management 3 M 6:30-9 p.m.
CMCI-3000-550R Entrepreneurial Adventures 3 F 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
APRD-49-31-550R Advertising, Public Relations & Media Design Internship 6 M-TR 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APRD (Advertising, Public Relations, & Media Design), Public Relations Track

Course Number Title Credits SIS Meetings
APRD-3301-550R Social Media Strategies 3 TR 6:30 - 9 p.m.
APRD-4543-550R Strategice Brand Management 3 M 6:30 - 9 p.m.
CMCI-3000-550R Entrepreneurial Adventures 3 F 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
APRD-4931-550R Advertising, Public Relations, & Media Design Internship 6 M - TR 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MDST (Media Studies)

Course Number Title Credits SIS Meeting
MDST-3791-550R Media & the Public 3 TR 6:30 - 9 p.m.
MDST-4871-550R Special Topics: Media in Today's Society 3 M 6:30 - 9 p.m.
CMCI-3000-550R Entrepreneurial Adventures 3 F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
MDST-4931-550R Media Studies Internship 6 M - TR 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

JRNL (Journalism)

Course Number Title Credits SIS Meeting
JRNL-3202-550R Covering Political Campaigns 3 TR 6:30-9 p.m.
JRNL-4874-550R Special Topics: Media in Today's Society 3 M 6:30 - 9 p.m.
CMCI-3000-550R Entrepreneurial Adventures 3 FR 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
JRNL-4931-550R Journalism Internship 6 M-TR 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Internship Course Number for COMM Internship

Course Number Title Credits SIS Meeting
COMM-4930-550R Internship in Communications 6 M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where do Media-Track students intern in Washington D.C.?

Examples of past internship placements for CU in D.C. Media-Track students include: 

  • 720 Strategies
  • Brandlink DC
  • Campaigns and Elections Magazine
  • Capitol News Connection
  • China Central Television
  • CQ Roll Call
  • C-SPAN
  • DC Witness
  • Edelman Public Relations
  • Hispanic Link
  • kGlobal
  • Levick Strategic Communications
  • Market News International
  • New Media Strategies
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Susan Davis International
  • The Associated Press
  • The Daily Caller
  • The Georgetowner
  • The Smithsonian National Zoo
  • United Press International
  • United Press International
  • Voice of America (VOA)
  • WAMU Radio
  • Washington Life Magazine
  • Washington Times
  • WJLA, ABC 7 News
  • WTTG, Fox 5 News

CU in D.C. offers a Science Policy course each Maymester to students from science-related majors (or to students who are interested in science policy).   The Science Policy course is highly participatory and involves classroom time, combined with numerous outings and visits throughout the D.C. area.  During the Maymester period, the group ventures out to interface with science policy-makers on Capitol Hill and at a variety of science institutions, such as NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health.

Some Details

  • The Science Policy course is highly participatory and involves frequent outings, but students spend class time in our D.C. classroom, in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. 
  • The Science Policy course is offered every Maymester, during the same Maymester dates that followed on campus (Maymester is listed as “session M” under the summer calendar).  For specific Maymester dates, go to the CU Boulder Academic Calendar.
  • Maymester students register for one of the course numbers listed below, depending on their major/graduation requirements.  The Science Policy course is worth 3 credits.
  • Students should consult with their academic advisors prior to registration, to make sure they are fulfilling department and graduation requirements.
  • Maymester students do not do an internship in D.C. like other CU in D.C. students do in fall, spring, and summer.
  • CU in D.C. provides students with detailed registration instructions after they are accepted to the program.  For Maymester, students have a special registration process through Continuing Education.
  • Students live with other CU in D.C. students in a pre-arranged, centrally located apartment in Washington D.C.   
  • CU in D.C. Science Policy course application. The Science Policy course application is straightforward and easy to fill out.

Course Options

  • ARSC-4040, CU in D.C. Science Policy
  • MCDB-4100, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Special Topics in MCDB
  • PHYS-3000, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Science in Public Policy
  • ENVS-3100, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Special Topics in Applied Environmental Science
  • ATOC-4500, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Special Topics in ATOC
  • PRLC-4010, CU in D.C. Science Policy, Presidents Leadership Class