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Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Interns

The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) is considered a model program for both student development and outreach to the Hispanic community by providing a comprehensive range of services to students, and federal agencies. The objectives of the program are:

  • Provide professional experience for students from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other colleges and universities to enable them to make more educated career choices.
  • Expose students to research development, technology, and administrative career opportunities.
  • Supplement academic study with practical applications for students majoring in relevant fields and related disciplines.
  • Extend and strengthen the relationship between government agencies, corporations, and HSIs and other institutions that have significant Hispanic enrollment and that offer related academic programs. These ties will continue to offer an expanded recruitment resource to federal agencies and corporations.

All applicants to HNIP must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, receive one letter of recommendation from an advisor or professor, and be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student.

HNIP interns are employees of HACU. The interns are placed in Federal agencies that participate through a contractual or cooperative agreement with HACU. Although HNIP interns are employees of HACU, they must comply with the work schedule of the participating agency. Interns are not paid overtime.

In the application process, we must provide detailed job descriptions. Moreover, the internship assignment should be a quality professional developmental experience that will enable students to make more educated career choices. Most interns perform some administrative duties. However, HACU requests that the majority of intern time be devoted to substantive work that will enhance the students' skills in their area of study. Overall, the internship assignment should complement the intern's academic background and/or career interests.

If you are interested in hiring a HACU student for summer employment please contact Michele Satchell. Email: