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  • 1. MichiganinWashington
    A full semester living and learning program
    for University of Michigan undergraduates
    in Washington D.C.
  • 2. What isMichigan in Washington?
    INTERN and LEARN in DC for a semester.
    Internships 4 days per week.
    Earn a full semester of credits.
    Gain real world experience.
    Take classes with students from across the country.
    MIW is available for students in all undergraduate majors.
  • 3. How do students describe MIW?
    • Life-changing!
    • 4. Real-world experience!
    • 5. Networking and career opportunities!
    • 6. Lifelong friendships!
  • Live and Learn: Earn 12-15 Credits
    Intern by day, academic by night.
    Required Courses:
    MIW Preparatory Course: 2 Credits.
    Inside Washington: 1 Credit.
    Washington, DC Internship: 2 Credits.
    National Capital Research Seminar: 4 Credits.
    3 Credits each.
    Students take 1 or 2 elective courses.
  • 7. But I’m not a political science major…
    Receive credit in your major for…
    Research paper.
    To get these credits, faculty sponsorship is key.
  • 8. Any undergraduate major…
    Students with a variety of majors have participated, including:
    Public Policy.
    Program in the Environment.
  • 9. Where have students found internships?
  • 10. How did students findthese internships?
    Students identify where they would like to work based on general knowledge and specific interests.
    MIW Preparation Course
    Provides access to the MIW Internship Database.
    More than 300 internship providers seeking interns.
    Intensive resume and cover letter workshops.
    Interview preparation and guidance on acceptance etiquette.
    All students find internships!
  • 11. What if I don’t find an internship?
    MIW Faculty coaches students and works with internship providers to secure internships.
    Students who apply for early admission have more time to secure an internship.
    Contacts in the DC alumni club provide support.
    More internship opportunities are available in fall and winter than in summer programs.
  • 12. Internships
    Alex Schmidt (left) and Ben Leighton (right) conducting research for the House Judiciary Committee.
  • 13. How much time do I spend at my internship?
    Internships are Monday through Thursday, usually during business hours.
    Internships begin the same week as classes and end two weeks before the end of the term.
    Fewer interns in D.C. in the fall and winter means MIW interns have more responsibility and supervisor interaction.
  • 14. Where do students live?
    • MIW students stay at the University of California Washington Center (UCDC).
    • 15. The UCDC residence hall is five blocks from the White House.
    • 16. 24-hour security is provided.
    • 17. Classes are taught on the first three floors.
  • Location, location, location!
    The UCDC center is accessible via the Red and Orange/Bluelines.
    Metro stops:
    Farragut North.
    Farragut West.
    Dupont Circle.
  • 18. Tell me more about the UCDC Building.
    The UCDC center hosts students from across the country.
    University of Pennsylvania.
    Washington University.
    University of California system (e.g., Berkeley, UCLA…).
    Students share apartments.
    4 students share each apartment.
    There are 2 bedrooms in each apartment.
    Each unit has a shared living, kitchen, and dining area.
    Most MIW students live with other UM students.
  • 19. UCDC Apartment
  • 20. How do I access the UCDC building?
    • The residence hall check-in, shown above, is located in the lobby.
    • 21. Visitors and students are required to check in at the desk.
  • Tell me about the courses.
    Theater and Politics, taught by Ari Roth (center), is one of the program’s most popular elective courses.
  • 22. When are courses usually scheduled?
    Required Courses
    Monday evening.
    Friday morning.
    Elective Courses
    Tuesday through Thursday evenings.
    Friday afternoon.
  • 23. Who teaches the courses?
    Required courses are taught by University of Michigan faculty.
    Electives are taught by professors from participating schools.
    University of California – Berkeley
    University of Pennsylvania
    Washington University (St. Louis)
  • 24. What can I expect from my DC courses?
    Attend courses that are not offered in Ann Arbor.
    Meet and interact with prominent professionals in Washington, DC (many are from the University of Michigan).
  • 25. Inside Washington
    • This required course features lectures by prominent Washingtonians.
    • 26. Here, Victor Lessoff, head of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the IRS, speaks to Michigan, Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania students about his career investigating tax crimes.
  • MIW = Academic Rigor
    National Capital Research Seminar.
    Students prepare a 20 – 25 page research paper.
    Each student personally determines the research topic.
    Many students coordinate research papers with their internships; others do not.
    Students learn to use primary data and substantive sources.
    You’ll leave with…
    A research paper that will support an honors thesis.
    A writing sample for graduate or law school applications.
    Original research.
  • 27. Who are the key UM teaching faculty and contact people in Washington DC? ________________________________________
    • An on-site program manager, Dr. Margaret Howard, oversees Washington student activities and internships. She is the primary student contact during their stay in DC, and deals with personal issues as well as academic progress and building arrangements.
    • 28. Another UM faculty member, Sourav Guha, teaches the required research course which is held weekly on Friday mornings.
    • 29. Other UM faculty members are appointed each term to teach electives.
  • MIW Program Manager in DC
    • Dr. Margaret Howard holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.
    • 30. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she was a reporter, producer, assignment editor and news director at radio and television stations in Missouri. Her master’s thesis in political science combined her interests in news coverage, public opinion and public knowledge of politics and government.
    • 31. Dr. Howard has been the MIW Program Manager since its inception in Fall, 2005.
  • MIW Research Course Instructor
    • Sourav (“Show Rob”) Guha teaches the National Capital Research Class, a 4 credit course which is required of all students in the MIW program and is the heart of the academic portion of the program.
    • 32. Mr. Guha previously served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for City Year in Boston.
    • 33. He has broad experience in social sciences, Asian studies, public administration and natural resources.
    • 34. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at U of M.
  • Who are the key MIW teaching faculty and contact people in Ann Arbor?
    • The Faculty Director and MIW Program founder, Professor Edie Goldenberg, is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Dr. Goldenberg served as Dean of the College of Literature, Science and Arts and is also the Founding Director of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
    • 35. Each year the program retains a graduate student to assist in recruiting, coordinate and interview prospective students and teach the required Prep Course for students admitted to the MIW Program.
  • MIW Faculty Director
    • Professor Goldenberg has received several awards for contributions to the Federal Government and State of Michigan and has published numerous articles and three books.
    • 36. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
    • 37. She serves on the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is on the Academic Advisory Committee of Yeshiva University.
    • 38. Her B.S. degree is from MIT, and her M.A. and Ph.D. are from Stanford.
  • MIW Graduate Student Instructor
    • Allison Dale-Riddle is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Michigan.
    • 39. Her interests are public opinion, campaigns and elections.
    • 40. She worked in politics for several years, including two years as a Research Associate for EMILY’s List in Washington, DC.
    • 41. Allison coordinates student recruiting and interviews, and teaches the Prep Course that students take before going to Washington.
  • Who are MIW mentors?
    Each MIW student is assigned a mentor.
    Mentors are Michigan alumni/ae who have made a contribution to their field and reside in Washington, DC. area.
    Mentors assist MIW students with professional and personal needs during their stay.
  • 42. How does MIW help me network?
    Fewer interns in fall and winter means that there are more opportunities to stand out.
    Social events and networking opportunities are arranged for MIW students throughout the term.
    Opening and closing buffets include MIW Board members, mentors, internship providers and others.
  • 43. MIW students share their experiences with the MIW Board.
  • 44. MIW students talk to U of M President Mary Sue Coleman at the Congressional Breakfast.
  • 45. MIW Advisory Board
    • Dedicated to providing vibrant experiences to students in the program.
    • 46. Comprised of distinguished individuals in Washington and other cities, including congressional experts, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and prominent attorneys, business people and government officials.
  • What do students do on weekends?
    Explore DC!
    National monuments.
    World-class museums.
    Thriving food scene.
    Visit nearby cities, such as New York.
  • 47. National Gallery
    • Caitlin Mathis (left), Christy Sulaiman (center), and Sunethra Muralidhara (right) sit on the steps outside the National Gallery.
    • 48. There is no charge to visit many of the national monuments or museums!
  • Students in DC experience Snowmaggedon, 2010.
  • 49. What happens at the end of the term?
    • Students complete internships 2 weeks prior to leaving DC.
    • 50. Research papers are due the day before students move out.
    • 51. A closing dinner celebration is held with the MIW Board, Mentors and others at the UCDC residence hall.
    • 52. Students participate in a Poster Session and program debriefing in Ann Arbor (or submit a video and written evaluation).
    • 53. Students do not receive their Prep Course grade until they complete the Poster Session or video.
  • What is the Poster Session?
    An informal “fair” that takes place in Ann Arbor the semester following internships.
    Students provide written abstracts and visual aids to explain their research to faculty and the public.
    Students can submit a video presentation as an alternative to attending the Poster Session.
    To receive credit for the Prep Course students must attend the Poster Session or submit a video.
  • 54. What does a typical poster look like?
  • 55. How much extra does MIW cost?
    Tuition is the same, based on credit hours.
    Differences in cost of living, meals, housing and Metro transportation lead to higher costs than Ann Arbor.
    Estimated difference: $4,000 - $5,000
    MIW Stipend Offered: $1000 (for most students)
    ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE up to and including full tuition!
  • 56. Don’t just be a Michigan student, be a Michigan in Washington student!
  • 57. Questions?