Department of Government and International Affairs

UIW in Washington, D.C. Program

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 United States Capitolexperience 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.

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!


Please contact Monica Cruz, UIW Washington program advisor, at to obtain a copy of the UIW-WISH application or visit her in AD 158. All materials must be hand-delivered back to AD 158 by 5 PM February 14, 2014.

Deadline is February 14, 2014 for summer and fall 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.


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 NationalCommittee
National Peace Corps Association
The Department of Justice
Print and Broadcast Journalism Organizations
Office of the US Trade Representative
Women’s Campaign Fund


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


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