Washington, DC

Claremont McKenna College Washington Semester Program (internship)

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Academic Program

In addition to a full-time internship, students, pursue independent research and enroll in two government courses. Students receive a total of four Scripps credits. On-site orientation and educational fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Roberto Pedace
  • Fields of study: American politics, international politics, legal studies with internships in various fields in government, non-profit organizations or media organizations
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; 3-5 courses in major; Introduction to American Politics course
  • Size of the student body: Students are primarily from Claremont McKenna College, with others from the rest of the Claremont Colleges
  • Number of program participants: 15-18

Living Arrangements

Students live in locally rented apartments shared with other CMC program participants and prepare their own meals.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to late December
  • Spring: Mid-January to mid-May


  • Advising Tips: This program requires a faculty reference. Faculty referees may use the CMC online faculty reference request system. Students should know that the internship is full-time, with a minimum of 40 hours per week. This often means that interns are given projects with a higher level of responsibility than may be possible in a part-time internship placement. The remaining classes are offered in the evenings and there may be occasional weekend obligations. Participants have several required meetings in the semester prior to studying in Washington to prepare for the internship application process.
  • Budget Planning: Washington D.C. has a high cost of living so students should plan their budget carefully, particularly for local transportation costs to get to their internship placement.
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