WAI students are future leaders representing all segments of American society, including first-generation, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural college students from a cross section of geographic areas, socio-economic backgrounds, gender, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, and abilities.
Students from underrepresented communities and others enrolled in a US-based college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.75 GPA, are eligible to participate in WAI. Sophomores must have completed the equivalent of three semesters of full-time study to be eligible for participation. Graduated students are eligible to apply within six months of receiving their degrees. Students with any major are invited to apply. This is a competitive program with limited slots available. Please note that acceptance into WAI does not constitute admission into American University degree programs.
Scholarships in Sponsored Internships
WAI aims to provide partial or full scholarships for a limited number of internships subject to sponsorship by participating governmental agencies, organizations, foundations, and private corporations. The sponsored internship covers the cost of tuition, travel to and from Washington D.C., lodging, a meal plan, a stipend, and scheduled social and cultural activities. The stipend is available to cover limited incidental expenses. Personal expenses for non-program activities, including medical care and independent social activities are the responsibility of the student. Eligible students not awarded sponsored internships may pay program costs or apply for other scholarships independently.
APPLICATION AND SPONSORED INTERNSHIP PROCESS
WAI application and sponsored scholarship process:
1) Apply online for WAI eligibility.
See requirements on the application form.
2) Remain attentive, responsible, and flexible for a WAI internship before the program starts.
When students are provisionally admitted, WAI actively circulates eligible applications to sponsoring agencies. Applicants are encouraged to consider any interview and a possible sponsored internship offer that may be extended at any time before the semester starts. Sponsors may call, email, or reach out for a phone interview months, weeks, or even days before the program start date. Often, offers are extended immediately before the semester begins. Thus, WAI applicants must remain responsible and flexible with semester plans. However, if sponsors do not make an offer in advance, students may choose to independently fund their own program. Or, students may defer or withdraw from WAI.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early for the best opportunities.
General priority deadlines:
Fall: First Friday in June
Spring: First Friday in October
Summer: First Friday in February
*WAI offers a later start date for the summer session to accommodate students attending institutions operating on quarter system calendars. Only students attending schools operating with quarter system calendars may start late.