Illinois in Washington is an academic program that provides U of I students with the opportunity to intern and study in Washington D.C. Participants in the IIW program are able to work and study an array of subjects, including: Politics, Journalism, History, Economics, Public Policy, and Communications. The political and cultural environment present throughout Washington, D.C. provides our students with an unique academic and professional experience.
The curriculum for IIW differs from other programs by allowing students to tailor part of their course work to their own academic goals. All courses are taught by UIUC faculty or faculty recruited for their professional knowledge and experience in a particular area. Beyond academics, All students engage in numerous professional activities, including a chance to meet with members of D.C. Illini, who are all former Illini living and working in the D.C. area.
This course combines experiential learning, career development and writing. Class sessions and assignments enable students to analyze and reflect on their internship experience, engage in professional and career development, and develop and complete a reflection paper.
Through visits to think tanks, nonprofit organizations and agencies, we will examine the policymaking world in Washington and get to know different participants in this process, what they do, and how they interact and work to affect policy and express their ideas.
This course examines important issues that are relevant to government and public policy. In some semesters, it may focus on one specific public policy issue that is currently of particular interest or concern.
IIW participants are required to take a full 12 credit load during the Fall or Spring semester. However, we understand that for many of our students 12 political science credits limits their ability to make progress on their degree while participating in our program. As such, we will work with any student to find an applicable online UIUC course or independent study that will allow students to get the experience of interning in DC without preventing them from making progress on their degree.