IIW is not considered a study aboard program by U of I, so participation in IIW will not prevent you from participating in a study abroad program offered through U of I.
By participating in IIW, you will develop professional work experience, expand your understanding of Washington, DC, and identify future educational and career goals. You will be mentored by a U of I alum and network with recent IIW graduates. You will participate in career development activities and have your resume professionally reviewed.
Please note that IIW is not simply a cultural and professional immersion program. Rather, you will have graded assignments, required readings, and attendance and participation requirements commensurate with other U of I classes.