The Washington Center Internship Program


“My experience at JP Morgan Chase was not a traditional internship.  I was not looked at as an intern, but a teammate.  I did not make coffee and copies, but produced legitimate work worth millions to the company.  I went into this internship knowing nothing about global trading and just after four short months, my knowledge of the industry has erupted.  I engaged in informational interviews with two of the Vice Presidents, who will be valuable resources if I intend to work at JP Morgan Chase in the future.”  - Jared Kettler, UAA Senior, Washington Center Intern Spring 2007


The Washington Center is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for UAA students to participate in a semester-long academic internship in Washington, D.C. for credit. The fifteen-week program provides tailored internships that match the students’ academic, personal, and professional interests. Additional academic program components provide students with opportunities to interact with key government, private sector and nonprofit leaders; build their professional skills through workshops, seminars, and networking events; develop a sense of community commitment and civic engagement; and link classroom knowledge with first-hand work experience through the academic course.

The partial scholarship covers some of the costs of The Washington Center program fee and some of the costs of Washington Center housing in furnished apartments located in the Washington metro area. Washington Center housing and student life services provide students comfort and security in Washington while away from home. Students also take part in a rich cultural and social experience that celebrates the diversity of the nation’s capital.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis. Demonstrated community service and a compelling essay on Alaska’s future will weigh significantly on the selection process.

Applicants not selected for the Alaska Scholarship Initiative remain welcome to participate in the internship program but will be responsible for all relevant fees. These students will be considered for other Washington Center financial assistance.

Sample Internship Placements

American Petroleum Institute
American Red Cross
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of National Fisheries and Wildlife
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Museum for American Indians
National Museum of Natural History
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
The Nature Conservancy
U.S. Congress
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. National Park Service
The White House
World Wildlife Fund

Program Components

  • General orientation 4.5 days/week internship
  • Academic course
  • Verizon Congressional Speaker Series
  • Presidential Lecture Series

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Students must be officially enrolled in an accredited college or university in Alaska or be a permanent resident of Alaska.
  • Have a 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Earn academic credit from their home institution.
  • Be at least a second semester sophomore, and return to campus upon completion of the program for at least one semester.
  • Utilize Washington Center housing

    Native Alaskan students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Submit a hard copy of The Washington Center application form and all relevant essays and recommendation letters required to RH 115. 
  • Submit an additional one-page essay on the student’s aspirations for the future of Alaska.
  • Submit the complete application packet (form, essays, recommendation letters) by the following deadlines:
    The Spring Semester Deadline: has been extended to December 3, 2008
    Fall Semester Deadline: June 12, 2009
  • Students should submit a hardcopy application in order to receive the application fee waiver.
  • All applications need to be endorsed by the UAA Campus Liaison.  If the application is endorsed by the Campus Liaison, the application will then be forwarded The Washington Center. 

For more information on the scholarship opportunity or to apply, please contact Marian Bruce, 907-786-1057. 

The Washington Center Application

UAA students do not need to submit the transcript or application fee.  The forms may also be picked up from the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship in RH 115.

This scholarship is made possible by a grant from BP Alaska.