CU in D.C. students from a wide variety of majors can participate in the program in fall, spring, or 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).

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. 

Some Details

  • 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.

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 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.
  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**
HIST-4930-550R History 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.

  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 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
  • C-SPAN
  • 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
  • kGlobal
  • 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
  • WJLA
  • Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND)
  • World Affairs Council, Global Education
  • Youth Service America

 

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