Uni-Capitol Washington
Internship Programme

Capitol HillThe Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme (UCWIP) offers Australian students an opportunity to intern in a range of US congressional offices for eight weeks during January – March each year.

Students enrolled in the Masters Program or Master of Letters* with the United States Studies Centre are eligible to apply.

UCWIP is a competitive program seeking bright, articulate students who can:

  • serve as ambassadors for Australia; 
  • understand and appreciate the American political system; 
  • and benefit from the experience academically, professional and personally. 

UCWIP interns gain a unique perspective and access to the US political system and institutions. Placements are offered in both Democratic and Republican offices; personal offices and Committee staffs in the House and the Senate.

UCWIP was created in 1999 in Washington, DC, by Eric K. Federing. Federing was a former senior congressional advisor for twelve years, serving as communications director for Representative Norm Mineta of California, the House Transportation Committee and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. 

Students must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or a dual Citizen of Australia
  • Enrolled in the Master of US Studies program at the US Studies Centre. If you began your Master of US Studies prior to semester 1, 2015 you are still eligible to compete this internship, but it will require you to upgrade to the Master of Letters program. If you began your Master of US Studies program in 2015 you can complete the UCWIP internship as part of your Capstone. For more information on this, please contact Post Graduate coordinator Dr Aaron Nyerges at aaron.nyerges@sydney.edu.au.

Important dates

11am (AEST), 22 April 2015
Information session with Eric Federing via teleconference. It is highly recommended that interested students attend this session as it will not be recorded. Please register by emailing amelia.trial@sydney.edu.au.

5pm (AEST), 5 June 2015
Applications due. No extensions will be granted.


Accommodation is arranged for Interns by the Director of the Washington Internship program. Students share furnished serviced flats in a location convenient to the Capitol. This often involves sharing a room with another Intern. You must be able to demonstrate sufficient maturity to live in close quarters with other Interns for the duration of the internship. Internship accommodation will be available from late December 2015.

Please note that full payment for the accommodation must be made directly to the accommodations provider not later than 1 November 2015. This payment will be non-refundable. The total will be approximately $3500 USD ($4600 AUD) depending on the exchange rate. It is recommended that this be paid as soon as possible as if there unexpectedly proves to be an odd number of Program interns those who make payment last should expect increased cost since the share house costs are based on a per flat total due.

The Centre will provide a partial housing scholarship. No additional scholarship application will need to be filled out for this.


More information

For further information please contact Amelia Trial, Student Affairs Officer, amelia.trial@sydney.edu.au.

*Please note that the Master of letters in US Studies is only available to students who began their degree prior to 2015.

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