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.
CostsTuition 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 OpportunitiesStudents 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 & DeadlinesThe next Application Deadline is Friday, September 27, 2019 by midnight (Winter 2020 and early admission Fall 2020). Information sessions TBD.
Students in the Michigan in Washington Program live in the University of California's Washington Center (UCDC) near DuPont Circle and less than a mile from the White House. This modern facility is in a vibrant residential and commercial area, two blocks from a Metro station. Students from California, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania and Washington University share this 240 bed facility.
The first three floors of the building are classrooms and offices, which makes it convenient for students to attend class in the evenings after working at internships during the day. The building provides 24 hour security and an electronic pass is required to enter the residential area on the 4th and higher levels.
The residential area consists of two-bedroom apartments, with equipped kitchenettes, dining area, living room, network access in the rooms, a computer lab, a common lounge, vending machines and laundry facilities on alternate floors. There is no meal plan in the Center; students must prepare their own meals or eat at one of the local restaurants.
Roommate assignments are made by the building manager, although students may indicate preferences when admitted to the program. While students from the same school are generally grouped together, in some cases they are mixed with students from other schools.
Click here for a general map. Specific driving directions are included in Resources/Transportation.
Click here for a link to the UCDC residential brochure for Winter 2018 and a list of items already in the apartments.
Michigan in Washington
5700 Haven Hall
505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|NOTE: Regular admission for winter 2019.|
|Fall||2019||02/15/2019 **||Rolling Admission||08/24/2019||12/07/2019|
|NOTE: Now accepting Fall 2019 regular admission applications. Interviews will be held the week of February 25th.|
|NOTE: Early admission deadline.|
|Winter||2020||09/27/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|NOTE: Regular admission Winter 2020|
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