Information For Advisors

Common Student Questions

  1. Where will students live?
    • Students live in together in shared apartments in the Woodley Park neighborhood within easy walking to popular cafes, restaurants, and the Metro.
  2. How much will it cost?
    • There are two main costs associated with the IIW program. The first is the ~$1,100 a month rent cost. The second is tuition which is the same as being on campus during the fall and spring semesters less the On-Campus Fee. During summer students’ tuition is the cost for a 6 credit course, recently that has amounted to ~$2,200 for residents, ~$5,000 for non-residents, and ~$5,100 for international students.
  3. Do students have to find my own internship or do IIW place me in an internship?
    • Students are responsible for securing their own internship, but the program does try to help students in their search by providing job postings multiple times a week.
  4. How many credits will students earn while in D.C.?
    • Fall and Spring Semesters: 12 credits
      • 6 credits for PS 491
      • 3 credits for PS 199
      • 3 credits of another course (we do offer PS 321 in D.C., but we are also open to students taking a 3 credit online course instead)
    • Summer: 6 credits
      • 6 credits for PS 491
  5. Can students take online courses in addition to IIW coursework to earn more credits?
    • Yes, however students should keep in mind that taking more that 12 credits can be difficult while doing an internship.

Typical Week in IIW

Monday-Thursday: Students work at their internship for 5-8 hours a day

Tuesday: Students in PS 321 attend class for 2 hours in the evening.

Friday: Students attend PS 491 in the morning and PS 199 in the early afternoon. Students should expect that their day will not end until 3pm on Fridays.

Students also need to plan to spend a few hours a week completing assignments outside of class and their internships.

How IIW Coursework Fits into a PS Minor or Double Major

PS 491, 125, and 321 are all able to help students complete their political science major or minor. For more information on exactly how these courses fit into a major or minor, please contact a political science advisor or visit their Department of Political Science’s Website.

How IIW Coursework Fits into the Civic Leadership Program

The Civic Leadership Program (CLP) offers students an informed appreciation of American democracy, the values and structures on which it is based, its successes and its weaknesses, and the challenges it will face in the 21st century. Because the potential benefits of democratic governance cannot be realized without an abundant supply of capable and committed civic leaders, the Civic Leadership Program takes on the mission of generating a stream of highly motivated, exceptionally capable, ethically aware, and broadly-trained individuals who will be prepared to assume leadership positions in civic affairs in both the private and the public domains.

The Program is designed to appeal to students with interests in American politics, public policy, and civic engagement. The curriculum points CLP students toward coursework inside and outside the Department of Political Science that will provide them with the substantive background and theoretical foundations to understand leadership and policymaking in the U.S. context and to participate as civic leaders.

Undergraduate students participate in the Civic Leadership Program through two paths: the Civic Leadership Concentration (for political science majors) and the Political and Civic Leadership Minor (for students majoring in other fields). Admission to the program is  based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership achievement, and the potential for meaningful civic engagement. Successful completion of either the concentration or the minor requires three components: foundation coursework in political science and/or related disciplines, specialized coursework in civic leadership, and an internship.


More information on the Civic Leadership Program is available at