Who is eligible to participate in the program and how are students evaluated for selection?
In order to be eligible to participate in the CU in D.C. Program, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Colorado; have sophomore standing or have 60 college credits completed; have a 3.0 GPA; and be in good standing with the university with no current violations of the student conduct code. Additionally, through the program application and interview process, the CU in D.C. team will determine if the candidate is suitable for the program. CU in D.C. seeks to enroll students who are mature, responsible, and who will represent the university and herself/himself in a professional and positive manner. A strong candidate is ready for the challenges of a first-time professional experience, is a highly motivated person, and has a strong academic record. On occasion, the CU in D.C. team will make an exception to the outlined eligibility requirements on a case by case basis.
If I am not accepted into the program the first time I apply, can I apply again?
Yes, if you are very interested in participating in the program, we encourage you to apply again. Consult with the CU in D.C. team to find out what steps you should take to strengthen your application and then re-apply when you have met all the eligibility requirements and are a solid candidate.
When should I apply to the program?
It is never too soon to inquire about participation in the program and we encourage you to begin planning early. If you want to participate in CU in D.C., you should plan ahead and get the process started about two semesters in advance. This will provide you with adequate time to fill out the application, gather needed information, get set up for an internship, and to consult with and plan your academic goals with your advisor.
I am scheduled to graduate in May. Can I participate in the program the summer after my graduation?
If you would like to plan so that you ‘walk’ in the graduation ceremony in May, but actually have a formal graduation date of August, that will be fine. In order to be deemed eligible for the program however, you must be enrolled as a full-time CU student with a graduation date that follows your participation in the program. So you can participate in the program if you delay your official graduation date until August, but you cannot have an official graduation date in May and then participate in the program the subsequent summer as a recently graduated student.
Is this program only for Political Science or International Affairs majors?
No, this program is not just for Political Science or International Affairs majors. Of course a D.C. internship experience is relevant and useful for students with these majors, but a hands-on professional experience in the nation’s capital is a valuable and relevant experience for a student with any major. For example, if you are interested in art history, social studies education, or anthropology, you could explore internship opportunities with the Smithsonian. If you are interested in a career in the environmental sciences, you could look at internship possibilities with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, or with Conservation International. And if you want to pursue a career in media studies or journalism, you could explore internship opportunities at the Washington Post, National Geographic, National Public Radio, or the Associated Press (we even have a special option for CMCI students called the Washington Media Institute/WMI-track). And for students who are science majors or interested in science policy, we have a Maymester Science Policy course offering. No matter what your major, participating in CU in D.C. will provide you with the practical experience, confidence, and connections to get you where you want to go in your career.