The Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme offers internship placements to bright, articulate 2nd year (and above) students who are interested in an 8-week, full-time placement in a US Congressional Office. 

This highly selective program matches students from a variety of academic disciplines including international relations, politics, commerce, law, communications, economics and sciences, with a US Congressional Office. 


UCWIP interns are accorded significant access to the US political system and institutions across their internships each January/February. In-office experiences will vary widely according to the needs of the congressional hosts. Administrative functions, constituent liaison, and legislative research and support have been among past internship touchstones. Offices typically encourage interns to attend hearings, briefings and press conferences both on and off Capitol Hill.

More information regarding the program can be found in the UCWIP primer.

Eligibility and application

Applicants for the 2019 UCWIP must apply in UQ Abroad's Winter 2018 application round. Details for the 2019 UCWIP will be available by March 2018. All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and must be eligible to receive credit for the program. Please see the 'Credit' tab for more information.

Applicants must be Australian Citizens due to visa restrictions. 

This program impacts on UQ semester 1, 2018 dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates.

Applicants must submit an online application to UQ Abroad in the Winter application round. Please download the UCWIP Application Form and upload the document, plus supporting application materials in one PDF file to your online application. Applications will not be assessed without the UCWIP application. 

Applications will be shortlisted after the application deadline. 

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Students must be eligible to receive credit toward their current UQ program to be eligible to participate in the UCWIP. Maximum of 2 UQ Units for successful completion of the entire program (pending UQ faculty approval).

Applicants must submit the appropriate credit application to their Faculty before submitting their application to UQ Abroad. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your application to the UCWIP program and the possibility of credit with your Faculty before submitting your application

  • Law: Credit arrangements for law students are currently being considered by the Law School.  Details will be available shortly. Students should contact Helen Lee, BEL Faculty International Mobility Coordinator with any questions. 
  • BEL Faculty: students seeking pre-approved credit for any BEL course towards this internship must contact Helen Lee, BEL Faculty International Mobility Coordinator.
  • Political Science and International Studies: POLSIS students may be able to utilise POLS3801 for the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme. Students should ensure they meet the POLS3801 eligibility requirements of #12 units of POLS courses and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for these courses before submitting their application as these requirements are strictly enforced. Students must apply for the POLS3801 Internship by completing the POLS3801 Application Form and submit this together with their UCWIP Application to UQ Abroad. Please Note: Students are required to enrol in POLS3801 in Semester 1 of the year they return from the UCWIP and are required to write a 6,000-wordt to be assessed for credit.


The program fee is approximately $15,000. More information regarding program fees can be found in the UCWIP primer.

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the UCWIP primer.


Find out what this fantastic opportunity is really like from previous interns:

William Lee - 2013/2014 Intern
Carl Tessmann - 2011/2012 Intern
Bryon Hewson - 2009/2010 Intern
Angus O'Brien - 2008/2009 Intern
Ally Foat - 2007/2008 Intern
Anna Keenan - 2006/2007 Intern
Marianna O'Gorman 2005/2006 Intern

You can also view a video of the 2017 UCWIP Receiption for more information. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have now closed. Applicants interested in the 2019 UCWIP program should apply in UQ Abroad's Winter 2018 round. 

Program Dates

Dates for the 2019 UCWIP will be confirmed in March 2019.

Fast Facts

Status: Closed
Type: Internship
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Credit: For-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate