The Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme (UCWIP) offers Australian students an opportunity to intern in a range of US congressional offices for eight weeks from January to March each year.
Students enrolled in the Master of US Studies program are eligible to apply. Applications for the 2019 program will open in April of 2018.
UCWIP is a competitive program seeking bright, articulate students who can:
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, a former senior congressional advisor for twelve years.
UCWIP traditionally organises 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. The accommodation cost for 2017 was roughly US$3,800.