Illinois in Washington combines your academic and professional learning. To help you better plan for the future, Illinois in Washington matches you with a U of I alum in Washington, DC, to serve as your mentor. IIW also arranges a networking reception for students to meet with recent graduates and more senior alumni who live and work in Washington. As part of IIW, students participate in professional development activities and have their resumes reviewed by a career coach.
During the fall and spring semesters as part of the Washington Experience, students make weekly visits to offices and organizations working on issues of interest to the class. These meetings are an opportunity to learn about the different career paths and diverse policy world of Washington. Past visits have included such places as the Sierra Club, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pew Research Center, and GolinHarris.