WINS provides an opportunity for Native American and Alaskan Native students must live in Washington, DC, gain professional work experience through an internship, and earn academic credits. The program is offered free of charge to eligible students through a scholarship grant funded by American University and sponsoring organizations including APHIS. The 6-credit summer program is designed especially for Native American students who serve in internships at APHIS and other Federal agencies and organizations.Students receive 3 credits for the internship and related class and 3 credits for the academic course. The course is taught at American University and covers topic important to Native American communities such as tribal sovereignty; trust responsibilities; health and social welfare issues; and gaming and economic development concerns.
Funding for the program is provided by governmental agencies, Native organizations, tribes, foundations, and corporations. The cost per student is $9,500. This fee covers the cost of tuition; travel to and from the Washington, DC area, local transportation, room and board, and the cost of scheduled social and cultural activities. Participants in this program will receive a stipend of $200 per week. Students are housed in the residence halls at American University.
WINS Application Process
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Fall Semester --
First Friday of June
Last Modified: February 9, 2012