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Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' National Internship Program (HNIP)

Sponsoring Organization: Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

National Headquarters Washington, DC Office
One Dupont Circle, NW (Suite 230)
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 467-0893
Fax: (202) 496-9177

4204 Gardendale St (Suite 216)
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Tel: (210) 692-3805
Fax: (210) 692-0823

Web Site: http://www.hacu.net/

Cost:

The cost of a HACU internship is borne by the participating Federal agency. The cost covers the intern’s transportation to Washington, D.C. (or to the intern’s field site), emergency medical insurance and a weekly stipend for participating interns ranging from $390 to $510. Although HACU arranges for interns to be housed in university/college dormitories, interns are responsible for paying the rent.

Internship Period(s): Internships are for 10 weeks, beginning in June and ending in August. In addition, internships are available during the fall and spring semesters.

Application Deadline: For summer internships, HACU asks that agencies make their requests during March and April. The deadline for departments and agencies wishing to participate in the HNIP program is two weeks before the internship program begins in Washington DC, and three weeks before the program starts for placements outside of Washington DC.

Geographic Availability: HNIP places interns nationwide, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and Puerto Rico.

Selection Process:

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, receive one letter of recommendation from an advisor or professor, be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student and provide HACU with a résumé. Selection is based upon academic performance, community and campus involvement, work experience and the ability to participate in the program. HACU provides at least three applicants for each position requested by each of the participating agencies or departments, and those entities make all final selection decisions.

Orientation Session/Training: Orientation is conducted during the last weekend of May. HACU also provides interns with various enrichment activities or seminars and requires interns to undergo a mid-summer evaluation.

Other: HNIP interns are employees of HACU. The interns are placed in Federal agencies that participate through a contractual or cooperative agreement with HACU. Although HNIP interns are employees of HACU, they must comply with the work schedule of the participating Federal department/agency and submit time sheets that indicate the number of hours worked. Only after submitting a time sheet with the signature of the intern’s immediate supervisor will interns receive a stipend. Interns are not paid overtime, do not accrue vacation and are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

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