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Hi Native Students,

The time has come to apply for the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Program!

This internship program offers students of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership and advocacy skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Developed in response to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this enriching program offers qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations.

WINS students intern with Native advocacy and government agencies across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Economic, Social Service, Law, and Public Policy disciplines. WINS’s experiential curriculum develops student’s professional skills of self-determined community development and public advocacy.

Eligibility: American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH), and other students enrolled in a college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the WINS program. Individuals who completed a degree within the past six months are welcome to apply.  Sophomores must have completed the equivalent of three (3) semesters of fulltime study to be eligible to participate in the program

Managed by the American University’s School of Professional & Extended Studies, this is an 8 week program that includes an orientation the weekend prior to the start of the internship.  The students apply directly to WINS website and MUST indicate they want to intern with the Department of State.  Students in the WINS program  earn 6 credit hours, are expected to take some classes, in addition to their internship and will be required to participate in cultural and social activities.

The deadline to apply is November 1,2015. Interested students can find more information at or by contacting WINS program personnel at the phone number and email address listed on the website; (202) 895-4879

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