Academic Prog.: The Archer Center’s Grad. Prog. in Public Policy (Washington, D.C.)

Deadline for Applications: November 1, 2016


Live, Learn and Intern in Washington, D.C, earning UT credit! The Archer Center’s Graduate Program in Public Policy is a summer program for graduate students of The University of Texas System interested in interning in Washington, D.C., while learning about the federal policymaking process as it pertains to their own academic, research and career goals. Please visit the Archer Center’s website or contact to learn more.

The Summer 2017 Graduate Program in Public Policy onlineapplication deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  


Graduate Fellows choose their internships based on personal, professional, and academic goals. From Capitol Hill to the White House, from media outlets to nonprofit organizations, Archer Graduate Fellows gain invaluable real world experience in D.C.’s most prestigious institutions. Fellows are responsible for researching and applying to the internship of their choice. However, Archer Center staff and our vast contacts from throughout D.C. and the UT System provide guidance throughout the process.


Fellows earn nine (9) hours of in-residence credit at UT Austin through the Graduate School. The Graduate Program’s three (3) hour Federal Policymaking course is an on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes study of the federal policymaking process and the institutions and people that comprise the federal government. There is also a three (3) hour internship class as well as a three (3) hour independent study & research class. All students participating in the Graduate Program in Public Policy pay a flat Archer Center Program Fee in lieu of tuition and fees at their home institution, as well as the cost of books, housing, transportation, meals and incidentals. The Center currently provides some partial stipends to help fund this time in Washington, D.C., and will actively assist student in fundraising and identifying potential scholarship opportunities, if needed.


Fellowship – or friendship – is the last aspect of the program. Archer Graduate Fellows have the opportunity to live together in luxury suites near Union Station near the Capitol Hill neighborhood, as part of an arrangement with WIHN (Washington Intern Housing Network). Students often say that this is one of the most fulfilling personal aspects of the program and their time in D.C. Strong and lasting friendships are formed as well as an instant network of UT System colleagues and contacts in Washington, D.C.