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The Hamilton Scholars Program is a selective opportunity for FIU students who are seeking to make an impact in the issue area about which they are most passionate. The Hamilton Scholars cohort will consist of a wide cross section of majors, including from the social sciences and STEM fields.  Applicants are welcome to address how they would make an impact on the issue area of their choice from a public policy, science, engineering, or other perspective/role.

Selected scholars will:

  • Complete a paid internship in the Washington, D.C. area, aligned with their academic and career interests
  • Receive an $1200 stipend toward expenses
  • 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 professionals in the FIU in DC network through regular professional development sessions and being matched with a DC-based mentor.
  • Who Should Apply

    The Hamilton Scholars Program is intended specifically for current FIU undergraduate students who are able to commit to:

    • Exceeding the expectations of their paid internship supervisor
    • Taking and excelling in the Washington Seminar Honors College course, offered in-person at FIU in DC 
    • Attending and actively participating in every FIU in DC Talent Lab Impact Series professional development program (about 6 per semester, after work)
    • Completion of the Hamilton Scholars mentorship program, including a four-meeting sequence, resume review, and career plan with an assigned DC-area mentor  

    And who already bring to the table, by the deadline date of the Hamilton Scholars application:

    • A strong interest in a career in Washington, D.C. after graduating, especially for the purpose of making a positive impact on society
    • 60 credits earned
    • A 3.3 GPA or higher
    • No financial, academic, or disciplinary holds

    Special consideration will be given to applicants whose work focuses on one of FIU in DC's solutions focus areas.  Learn more about our Solutions priorities, listed below, under the Solutions tab of our Web site.

    • Health Disparities
    • Transportation Infrastructure
    • Water and Environment
    • STEM Education
    • Defense Technology
    • Extreme Events (Disaster Resilience) 
  • How To Apply

    Be sure to have the following information and documents prepared prior to accessing the application link at the bottom of this page.


    • Cumulative GPA
    • # of Credits
    • Your public policy or issue area of passion 
    • What internships you are interested in and/or applying to


    • Resume, emphasizing any work relevant to your public policy passion area.
    • Letter of Reference, emphasizing any work relevant to your public policy passion area.
    • Essay (detailed instructions below).

    In order for the selection team to understand your commitment to your issue area, upload an essay, no longer than one page, detailing:
    • Why you are interested in this issue
    • What you feel needs to be changed (policy proposal)
    • What you've done so far to engage with this issue (courses, research, advocacy, volunteering, etc.)
    • What organizations in the DC ecosystem (federal agencies, think tanks, etc.) are working on this issue, and how
    • How you would utilize one semester in DC to make the greatest impact on this issue

    (Include at least two sources, at least one of which is from a DC-based organization)

  • Courses Offered

    Hamilton Scholars will enroll in IDH 3034: The Washington Seminar, offered in person at FIU in DC. A second, optional Communications course with an emphasis on political and professional communications is planned to be available. 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.

  • Internship Placements

    Prospective Hamilton Scholars and the FIU in DC team will collaborate on securing a paid internship for the student.  Prospective scholars should simultaneously apply for the Hamilton Scholars program, and to one or more paid internships of their interest, in consultation with Eric Feldman (  Prospective Hamilton Scholars agree to have application documents approved by FIU in DC and to consult with FIU in DC prior to accepting an internship offer.

    Congressional Internships

    Member Offices

    Rep. Mario Diaz Balart

    Fall deadline pending

    Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell

    Rolling Deadline

    Rep. Donna Shalala

    June 30

    Rep. Frederica Wilson

    Rolling Deadline

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    July 15

    Rep. Senator Marco Rubio

    July 1

    Third Party Programs


    June 1st


    Feb. 21st


    Mar. 27th

    Think Tanks, Advocacy Organizations, and Trade Associations

    US Chamber of Commerce

    Fall deadline pending

    Partnership for Public Service

    July 3
    CRD FellowshipMar. 15
    Pay Our InternsFall deadline pending


    United Technologies CorporationFall deadline pending


    See Web site

    Federal Agencies


    June 5
    HHSFall deadline pending

    FIU CARTA Programs

    Students in the School of Communication + Journalism participating in SCJ's CARTA in DC or South Florida Media Network programs are eligible to apply to the Hamilton Scholars program.

  • Housing

    FIU has partnered with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) to provide the opportunity for Hamilton Scholars to live together at the discounted, flat rate of $4,800 per student per semester for a double occupancy bedroom.  

    Students must apply online at and pay their deposit by June 15, 2020 for fall placement.

    Single, triple, and quad occupancy living options are also available at discounted rates.  Be sure to let WISH staff know you are an FIU student.

    We encourage this housing option so that selected Scholars and other FIU students can experience living together, with access to our trusted housing partners at WISH. The stipend provided to Scholars along with any additional financial support provided directly from the internship site are intended to offset any living expenses, including housing. All FIU students are ultimately responsible for arranging their own housing in the DC area; selected scholars who have access to other housing arrangements in the DC area, such as with family and friends, are welcome to opt out of WISH housing.  Please be attentive to safety & security concerns when researching other options.


  • Ruth & Glenn Hamilton

    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 Hamiltons.