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WINS Eligibility

Washington Internships for Native American Students (WINS)

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.

  • Student must be enrolled in a college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good standing (completed sophomore year with a GPA of 2.5)

  • Must be a member of a Federally recognized tribe

  • Recruitment and eligibility determination is done by American University. The University provides agencies and organizations a list of eligible students and areas of interest for their selection

Costs for WINS Program

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.
Application can be obtained on-line at

Important Deadlines:

Fall Semester -- First Friday of June
Spring Semester -- First Friday of October
Summer Semester -- First Friday of February