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 or later 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.

UCWIP traditionally organizes optional accommodations for participants through Executive Apartments in Northern Virginia. These sharehouse accommodations offer a common social experience to each annual group, as well as comfort, safety and security, and short daily commutes to their congressional host offices. While it is not a program requirement to live in these flats, all but two (with other personal interests and Washington, DC capabilities) have opted-in since UCWIP's inception. Those opting in are making a commitment to their fellow participants, to the program organiser, and to the accommodations provider. That commitment includes a non-refundable pre-payment in full by 1 November directly to Executive Apartments. For budgeting purposes, the accommodations cost for 2017 should be estimated roughly at US$3,800.


Applications for the 2017 program have now closed.

More information

For further information please contact Amelia Trial, Student Affairs & Recruitment 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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