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UIW in Washington, D.C. Program

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  • October 15, 2015 for Spring 2016 Internship
  • February 1, 2016 for Summer 2016 Internship
  • May 1, 2016 for Fall 2016 Internship

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 Location:  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!


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.


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        


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