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Program Description:


Winter 2017 MIW Graduation

Each year, the Michigan in Washington Program admits 45-50 University of Michigan undergraduates from ALL MAJORS to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington, D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship to earn a full semester of credits. Students find internships in their area of interest, and also produce a research paper on a topic of their choice. Each student has two mentors that are U-M alums. On weekends students visit the monuments and explore the cultural scene in the capital. Most leave Washington longing to return after graduation.


  • The Michigan in Washington (MIW) Program accepts students from all schools and majors at the University of Michigan.
  • Applicants must have reached at least sophomore-status by the time they apply.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in public service.
  • Students who participate in the MIW program will usually have a cumulative grade point of at least 3.0


Prep Class (2 credits, Pass/Fail, Political Science): The Prep Class is conducted two or three evenings during the semester before students go to D.C. Presentation of the research topic at a poster session after the term in D.C. (or a 3-5 minute video for graduating seniors) is required to receive credit.

Research Seminar (4 credits, graded). This is the core course of the program where students conduct independent research on a topic of their choice and produce a substantial research paper of 20-30 pages. The course is offered Friday mornings from 10AM - 12 Noon. Credit for majors other than Political Science can be assigned with oversight from faculty in other departments. This course also fills upper level writing requirements.

Internship (2 credits, Pass/Fail): Internship hours are Monday - Thursday, 9AM - 5PM. Credit for majors other than Political Science can be assigned with oversight from faculty in other departments.

Speakers Course (1 credit, Pass/Fail, Political Science): High profile speakers are brought in each week to discuss their organizations with students. 

Electives (3 credits each, graded): Offered by faculty from Michigan, California, Notre Dame, University of San Francisco, etc. Specific electives vary each term. Students may take 1 or 2 electives which are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings or Friday afternoons. Credit for electives offered by other schools appears on U-M student transcripts.


Tuition for the Washington semester is the same as it would be for a semester in Ann Arbor.  However, the incremental cost of the program can be up to $5,000 more for the semester, depending on specifics particular to the student (lost work study, travel costs, cost of clothing, and overall higher housing, food and other costs in Washington outlined in more detail under Apply to MIW). All financial aid (minus work study) follows the student to D.C. If you have specific questions about program costs and your situation, please contact Amber Blomquist (akblomqu).

Funding Opportunities

Students who are admitted to the program are automatically considered for scholarship funding based on financial need. MIW works with the Office of Financial Aid to determine eligibility. (Athletes are not eligible for the stipend.)

Dates & Deadlines

The next Application Deadline is Monday, October 3, 2022 by midnight (Winter 2023 and early admission Fall 2023). Information sessions September 8th at 6 PM on Zoom


Students live in apartments at the Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle. Students live in two bedroom and two bath apartments with all amenities included. 

Contact Information

Michigan in Washington
5700 Haven Hall
505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI   48109-1045
ph: 734.615.6491

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/18/2022
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Regular admission Fall 2022; early admission Winter 2023.
Winter 2023 10/05/2022
Rolling Admission 01/01/2023 04/16/2023
NOTE: If you are applying for early admission to the Winter 2023 cohort, please use this application.
Fall 2023 02/27/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: If you are applying for early admission to the Fall 2023 cohort, please use this application.

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