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Internship Information
  • You can begin searching and applying to internships before or after you have been accepted to the CIW program.
  • CIW is not an internship placement program. Participants secure their own internship with assistance from CIW.
  • The earlier and more often you submit applications the better your chances are of finding an internship.
  • Internships can be either paid or unpaid.
  • No academic credit is earned for the internship unless required for your academic program.



  • More events to come in Fall 2024!


Appointments: Reach out to to ask questions or schedule an appointment for more information regarding internship applications.

Student Ambassadors: Talk with a Student Ambassadors, our amazing CIW alumni that can tell you more about the program and their experience.

  • Grace Affeldt,
    • Major: ILR, Class: 2024
    • CIW: Spring 2023, Internship: Congressman Pat Ryan
  • Kannah Greer,
    • Major: Government, Class: 2024
    • CIW: Spring 2022 and Spring 2023, Internships: Senator Wyden; Congressman Blumenauer
  • Nick Weising,
    • Major: ILR, Class: 2024
    • CIW: Spring 2023, Internship: Center for Maritime Strategy
  • Ella Yitzhaki,
    • Major: Government, Health Policy, and Health Equity, Class: 2024
    • CIW: Summer 2022 and Spring 2023, Internships: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Fall/Spring students

If you’re attending CIW in the fall or spring, we recommend you work three days a week, (typically Mon – Wed), approximately 20-30 hours per week. This schedule will allow you time for academic work, for touring Washington, and for the occasional trip to Ithaca or home. Fall and Spring CIW classes are held in the evenings on Mon, Tues & Wed and during the day on Thur & Fri.

Summer students

Summer participants typically work full time internships. We remind you to keep in mind your class schedule when setting up work commitments. Summer CIW classes are held in the evening only.

International Students

International students who are in paid positions should apply for CPT work authorization. While a student is enrolled, an international student’s internship cannot be more than 20 hours per week.