Department of Political Science

UIW in Washington, D.C. Program




Applications are being accepted for the following semesters:

  • Spring 2017 - Deadline October 14, 2016 Click here to complete: WISH Application
  • Summer 2017 - Deadline February 15, 2017 Click here to complete: WISH Application
  • Fall 2017 - Deadline May 1, 2017 Click here to complete: Wish Application  

MAILING ADDRESS:                       

WISH Internship Program
ATTN: Monica Cruz
Ettling Center for Civic Leadership
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO 382
San Antonio, TX  78209


Phone: (210) 283-6423
Office:  Administration Building, Room 158


Are you interested in working for  the government, a non-profit, a business trade association, the media, a  justice and law agency, or a national political organization in our nation’s  capital? Does the thought of gaining professional work experience  while building your resume and making contacts for your future excite you?  Would you like an off campus experience in an international, cosmopolitan  environment? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you should  consider an internship in Washington, DC.!U.S. Capitol

Through the University of the  Incarnate Word in Washington Program (working with WISH--Washington in Student  Housing Internships), participating students will intern 32 hours a week for a  semester and have a weekly seminar with experts and policy practitioners. You  will earn course credit hours for your participation in the program in  Washington. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live, learn, and work  in our nation’s capital during these interesting times for our country!

  • Application

    The UIW Washington program is housed in UIW's Center for Leadership. Their website is Please contact Monica Cruz, UIW  Washington program advisor, at to obtain a copy of the UIW-WISH application or visit her in AD 158 or download the application from their website. All  materials must be hand-delivered back to AD 158.

  • Internship Opportunities

    Course Credit, Fees, Grant: Students selected will register and pay for 9 hours of internship hours at UIW. UIW is offering a $4710 WISH Internship grant to those students selected through a competitive application process that will assist with this tuition cost. In addition to the cost of tuition, there is a $6500 WISH internship fee which covers internship placement, housing in Washington DC for 4 months and internship related activities. This internship fee of $6,500 and other costs associated with travel to DC, meals and living expenses (including a one-time refundable housing deposit of $250) are the responsibility of the student.  Costs may vary depending on summer or fall internships and length of stay.  Additional course hours may be taken in on-line or independent study formats – based on the approval of a student’s academic advisor. All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their financial aid officers to determine the financial implications of participation.

  • Internships

    Once you have been selected for the  UIW-WISH opportunity, WISH Internships ( in Washington will communicate with  you and assist in placing you in a premier internship suited to your interests  prior to your arrival in Washington. Below is a sample list of possible  internship sites. There are many additional opportunities in all fields for all majors.

    • The White House        
    • Congressional Offices and Committees        
    • International Human Rights Law Group        
    • The Department of Defense        
    • National Criminal Justice Association        
    • An Environmental Public Interest Group        
    • National Council on US- Arab  Relations        
    • US Chamber of Commerce        
    • American Petroleum Institute        
    • The Democratic or Republican National Committee        
    • National Peace Corps  Association        
    • INTERPOL        
    • The Department of Justice        
    • Print and Broadcast Journalism  Organizations        
    • Office of the US Trade Representative        
    • Women’s Campaign Fund
  • Housing

    Participants will live together in  historic townhouses and apartments on Capitol Hill, owned and managed by  Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). These intern-only facilities are  fully furnished and include Internet connection, cable TV, full kitchens, free  laundry, etc. and are located near Metro. More information on WISH can be found  at