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:

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 are now open

Applications are now open. please download and complete the application form. Applications must be submited to the US Studies Centre by 5:00pm on Thursday 9 June, 2016. 

More information

For further information please contact Amelia Trial, Student Affairs & Recruitment Officer, [email protected] .

*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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