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Hamilton Scholars: Washington, D.C. Fellowship Program

FIU in Washington, D.C. is proud to announce the launch of the Hamilton Scholars Fellowship Program, beginning Fall 2020. The Hamilton Scholars Fellowship Program will be FIU's first formal academic semester in Washington, D.C. The inaugural cohort of 12 students will:

  • Be placed in a paid internship aligned with their academic and career interests
  • Receive an $1200 stipend toward housing expenses, plus access to housing with other FIU Hamilton Scholars
  • Earn academic credit through a combination of in-person FIU courses offered at FIU in DC, located blocks from the United States Capitol, plus internship credits
  • Engage with alumni, employers, and other guest speakers during regular sessions of the Talent Lab Impact Series, professional development events open to all FIU interns and recent graduates in DC, with dinner provided.

Information on this page is subject to change.  Applications for this program will open soon.

Who Should Apply?

The ideal Hamilton Scholars are FIU students with an intention to pursue a career in Washington, D.C., especially for the purposes of making a positive impact on society.

Prospective Hamilton Scholars must be current FIU undergraduate students who will have completed 60 credits by May 2020, and must hold a 3.3 GPA with no financial, academic, or disciplinary holds at the time of application.

Courses Offered

Hamilton Scholars will enroll in two courses, an Honors College course, IDH 3034: The Washington Seminar, and a Communications course with an emphasis on political and professional communications.  In addition, Hamilton Scholars will enroll in internship credits through their home department.

Students need not be currently enrolled in the Honors College to take The Washington Seminar; Hamilton Scholars who are not currently in Honors will be invited to apply to Honors.

The Washington Seminar course will:

· Provide students with the opportunity to experience Washington, D.C. using the city as the classroom.

· Provide students a firm foundation of Washington, D.C. as the epicenter of political, economic, international relations, technology, and culture.

· Prepare students to launch their individual career in Washington, D.C. by exposing them to career tracks, options, jobs, etc.

· Incorporate key leadership lessons by having weekly guest lectures, and experiences as part of the class experience.

Sponsors & Partners

This program is named in honor of Ruth and Glenn Hamilton.  Ruth Hamilton began her career with the university in 1980 as Assistant Director of Activities, and continued to advise and support the Panther community until her retirement as Director of the Graham Center in 2014.

Since then, Ruth and her husband Glenn have been the leading supporter of FIU students interning in Washington, D.C. via the Make a Difference-DC Scholarship Fund.  This Fellowship program is made possible by the generosity of the Hamilton and the partnership of FIU partner units including the Honors College, the Green School of International and Public Affairs, and the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

Communications and Journalism DC Experiences

dc-bureau-candids-3.jpgStudents in FIU's College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts have two opportunities to experiences courses with Washington-based components.  

The CARTA in DC Internship Program places students in PR and communications roles at DC-based organizations such as The Wilson Center and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, with students receiving credit for their field placements.  Both CARTA faculty and staff and the FIU in DC team provide supplemental professional development experiences on relevant topics such as workplace communication. 

The South Florida Media Network (SFMN) Washington Bureau is an immersive reporting experience where FIU students have the opportunity to write articles on topics of national interests through on-the-scene reporting, including from Capitol Hill.  Washington Bureau students have access to two co-working locations around DC, including the FIU in DC office, so they can produce content regardless of where the story breaks.


Questions about these programs and academic offerings at FIU in DC in general can be directed to Eric Feldman, Associate Director of Student Success and Academic Programs, at, or to the academic department which offers the specific program.