CU in D.C. students from a wide variety of majors can participate in the program in fall, spring, Maymester, or summer. The fall, spring, and summer program is an internship and coursework experience while the Maymester is a course-only experience (no internship). 

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 generally follow the dates that are used on campus (exact dates can be found in the application for a specific semester/session).  To see specific semester/session dates, go to the CU Boulder Academic Calendar
  • In fall and spring, students take two CU classes at night, and do an internship in the daytime. In the summer, students take one class at night and do an internship in the daytime.
  • 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 can earn credit toward their majors and toward graduation requirements.
  • Students live and take class with other CU in D.C. students in a centrally located apartment in Washington D.C. called The Washington Center (TWC)


Courses & Credit

  • Starting in spring 2022, CU in D.C. students will take their classes through The Washington Center (TWC).
  • TWC releases its course offerings about 1-2 months prior to the start of each semester/summer but the course selection stays fairly constant each semester/summer.  
  • You will receive CU Boulder "in residence" credit for courses taken on this program as if you had completed the work on the Boulder campus.
  • You may apply credit to your major and college requirements with approval from your academic department (via your advisor). It is important for you to consult with your academic advisor to discuss how your CU in D.C. credits will fit in with your major requirements and with your academic goals. Please speak with your advisor well in advance to carefully plan out how participation in the CU in D.C. Program will contribute to your degree objectives. 
  • Students earn a total of 12 credits in fall and spring and all coursework and internship work counts as CU credit. All students enroll in a 6-credit internship course and a 3-credit Career Readiness course, and then they select one additional evening course from the TWC Course List (for a total of 12 credits).
  • After acceptance to the program, students select their TWC internship (daytime) and classroom (evening) courses.
  • *In the summertime, students take 6 credits instead of 12. They enroll in a 6-credit internship course and the 3-credit Career Readiness Course.


TWC Course List


The TWC Career Readiness Course


A Typical TWC Course List

*These courses are offered most semesters/summers but may vary slightly, depending on course enrollment numbers. To see the current course list and to see more detailed descriptions of classes, click the TWC Course List button to the left. 


American Politics and Public Policy

U.S. Foreign Policy

Scandalous Washington D.C.: History Behind the Headlines

Political Psychology

Business and Administration

International Business: Case Studies in Strategic Trade Management

Law and Criminal Justice

The First Amendment

The Death Penalty

Forensic Psychology

Media and Communications

Mass Media and American Politics: from Campaigning to Governing

International Affairs 

International Organizations and International Humanitarian Law


Research and Writing Seminar


Approved internship course credit for CU in D.C. students:

Course Number





Arts & Sciences Internship


Political Science Internship


Internship in International Affairs


Internship in Economics*


Sociology Internship


Philosophy Internship

ENVS 3030-550R and 551R

Environmental Studies Internship**


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.


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

Maymester Courses

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.   


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

Starting in May 2022, CU in D.C. will offer a new Maymester course called Our Sustainable Future: Leading the Way to Positive Change. The course is composed of 3 week-long modules that guide the student from a macro-view of the global challenges facing us today, to a more personal examination of how we can create a more sustainable future through the choices we make in our daily lives and the decisions we make in the organizations we work for. The course concludes with a focus on sustainability leadership and the skills necessary to encourage others within our community and workplace to confidently start their own journey towards a sustainable future.

The course integrates elements of engineering, business, as well as the arts and sciences to provide a holistic understanding of how we got here and the technological and socio-economic solutions available today. To demonstrate that transformational change is possible, the course highlights innovative and passionate entrepreneurs that are challenging the status quo and developing the next generation of sustainable companies that align with the concept of the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. Students are then empowered to move from sustainability advocate to sustainability leaders within their communities or the businesses and organizations where they wish to work.

At this time, the Our Sustainable Future course approvals are still in progress but students will be able to earn EMEN (Engineering Management) credit or Leeds Business School credit, and possibly credit from other campus departments.