Washington Program

Washington Program students

CMC has a special relationship to Washington. As a college with a strong emphasis on public affairs and service, it is only fitting that for over three decades CMC has been sending its best and brightest to the nation's capital.

CMC's program is rooted in a full-time internship and a serious discussion of contemporary political issues. The former allows students to become a substantive part of a work environment while the latter, through two seminar classes and a directed research project, creates a coherent intellectual framework for the entire program.

Graduates of this program have been among Claremont's finest, distinguished at graduation by such high honors as a Truman Fellowship or Rotary Scholarship and acceptance into leading graduate and law programs. Program alumni have attended graduate or professional school at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, Berkeley and Columbia, while others have returned to Washington to begin careers in government and related fields.

Student Experiences

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Ariel Katz
Jessica Garcia
Mackenzie Dallas

The CMC Washington Program is located in the heart of Washington, between Dupont Circle and the White House. It is administered by Dr. Elizabeth Spalding, who serves as faculty along with Dr. John Haskell and Dr. Adam Wolfson.

All students should refer to Professor Pitney's web page for information about internships and housing: http://www.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/intern.html

Note: Claremont McKenna College may be obliged to alter or eliminate programs described without prior notice. Dates, courses, and costs, both for on-campus services and for programs in Washington, may change without prior notification.

Key 5C Contacts

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List of internships that Washington Program students have recently completed.

Washington Program Alumni

Where are they now?