Washington Internships For Native Students (WINS)

Sponsoring Organization:

American University/Washington Internships For Native American Students

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
Tel: (202) 885-4967

Fax: (202) 885-4960

Web Site:

Cost: Agencies pay $8,500 for per intern (in FY-00) to participate in the WINS program. The cost covers: the interns tuition; round trip travel to Washington, DC; local transportation; housing; a meal plan; costs associated with social and cultural activities and a stipend of $200 per week. Interns, however, are responsible for incidental expenses for non-program activities, such as medical care and independent social activities. Students will receive six credit hours for participating in this program.

Internship Period: WIN internships are for eight weeks, beginning in early June and ending in early August each year.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for departments and agencies desiring to participate in WINS is the end of February. The application deadline for students is generally the first week of April.

Geographic Availability: WINS internships are all in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Selection Process: In order to participate in WINS, an applicant must be an American Indian or an Alaska Native, at least an undergraduate freshman or graduate student enrolled in a college or university, and in academic good standing. Applicants must submit: a completed WINS application form; an essay (minimum 500 words) on why they would like to participate in the WINS program; a recent photograph; a nomination letter from a member of the applicant’s nation or tribal council or an official from the applicant’s nation or tribal education department; a recommendation letter from a faculty member at the applicant’s respective college or university; a résumé; and an official copy of the most recent transcript. Each applicant is rated by a selection committee, which evaluates the applicant’s skills, experience and education. WINS typically provides four applicants for each position requested by the participating department/agency. Thus, all final selection decisions are made by the requisite department/agency.

Orientation Session/Training: Interns are enrolled in the Washington Leadership Seminar in Tribal Issues and Native Studies course at American University and receive six (6) credit hours. In addition, interns attend seminars and are required to design and write a model proposal for the funding of a project within their respective communities, with the guidance of WINS staff.


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