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  • Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
    Fax: 202-895-4882

Mailing Address

"Not only do I feel as if I have a greater awareness of opportunities available to me and to Native students, but I feel better prepared to take advantage of those opportunities, which is just as important, if not more."
Bobby Joe Smith III
Hunkpapa/Middlebury College

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early for the best opportunities.

Application deadlines:

Summer 2014
US Dept. of State and USAID Internships Application Deadline: December 15, 2013
Priority Deadline: February 15, 2014
Final Deadline: March 15, 2014
Fall 2014
Priority Deadline: June 15, 2014
Final Deadline: July 15, 2014

*WINS now 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. Please check with WINS for more information about dates and program details.

Application materials include:

  • A completed WINS application form
  • An essay (minimum 500 words) on why the applicant would like to participate in the WINS program (also email it to wins@american.edu)
  • A resume detailing the applicant's work experience (also email it to wins@american.edu)
  • A nomination letter from a member of the applicant's nation or tribal council or tribal education department
  • Recommendation letter from a faculty member at the applicant's college or university
  • Tribal Enrollment Card or parents' Card (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum 2.5 GPA (students are required to show full-time enrollment and/or graduation within the last 6 months)

Click here to go to the WINS Web-based application

You may call the WINS program directly at 202-895-4900 to request that an application be mailed to you or you may submit your request via e-mail to wins@american.edu.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the WINS Admissions Committee.