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Internships are an integral part of the CAPS curriculum. CAPS majors are required to hold internships in governments, businesses, the media, think tanks, and other organizations during their time in Washington, D.C. in the fall semester of their junior year, and in Greater China in the summer after their junior year or during their Beijing semester in spring of their junior year or the fall semester of their senior year. No academic credits are granted for internships. Yet students may combine their internship experience with Independent Study. Majors are encouraged to coordinate their two internship experiences.

Cornell in Washington has the following guidelines for internships in Washington DC: 

  • 3 days a week, Monday-Wednesday, is recommended, to allow time for academic work, for touring Washington, and for the occasional trip to Ithaca or home. 
  • No academic credit is earned for the internship, neither from Cornell in Washington, nor any other department. 
  • Internships are unpaid, unless you are eligible for work-study. If so, you may be able to find a non-partisan internship which will compensate you. Let us know if you are interested in this possibility, and we'll provide more details. 
  • Internships should begin within one week of the start of classes, and should end during the last week of classes.

Click here to learn more about internships in Washington DC. You can have access to the CIW Online database for internships when you file your Online application.


For internships in China, CAPS has adopted the following guidelines:

  • Students can opt to undertake a summer internship in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, or other Chinese cities in the summer after their junior year. A summer internship should last for at least four weeks (five work days). 
  • Alternately, students can opt to undertake an internship during the fall semester of their senior year in Beijing for 2 days a week, a full day on Monday and two half day on Tuesday and Wednesday. Internships should begin within one week of the start of classes, and should end during the last week of classes.
  • No academic credit is earned for the internship. 
  • Internships are unpaid, unless you are eligible for work-study. 

CAPS provides assistance to students in their application for internships in Beijing.

Click here to read Beijing internship experiences from former students.