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Application Process

Summer 2014 Graduate Program in Public Policy

Application Deadline: Friday, January 24, 2014

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Public Policy through The Archer Center.  For any graduate student interested in American governance, the experience of living and working in Washington, D.C., is like none other.  We are pleased to be able to offer this experience to graduate students of The University of Texas System.

Graduate Program Information Sessions

UT Arlington

Location: Honors Library, College Hall 100

September 16: 6:00pm

November 12: 6:00pm


UT Austin

October 24: 5:00pm in PAR 208 (Liberal Arts Building)

November 5: 10:00am in WEL 3.260

December 4: 5:00pm in PAR 204


UT Dallas

Location: CV Lounge Library, First Floor, Green Center

November 12: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Information Open Hours: 1:00pm - 3:00pm


UT Health - School of Public Health (Houston)

Location: 102B

October 22: 12:00pm and 4:00pm


UT Health - School of Public Health (Austin Regional Campus)

Location: Room 6.322

October 24: 12:00pm


UT Pan American

Location: SBSC 101

November 13: 6:00pm - 7:00pm


UT San Antonio

Location: Buena Vista Building, Room 4.301B

October 23: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Information Open Hours


UT Southwestern

Location: D1.200

September 17: 12:00 - 1:00pm *Lunch will be provided


Check back often for updated information regarding Archer Center info sessions at your UT System campus!


Graduate Program Application Process

The Graduate Program in Public Policy for the summer of 2014 will consist of a twelve week program living in the heart of Washington, D.C., approximately May 27 through August 15, 2014.  Participants will earn up to nine in-residence credit hours, combining substantive academic coursework and a working internship on Capitol Hill, Executive Branch agency or other Washington, D.C., governmental or non-governmental organization.

Enrollment in the Graduate Program in Public Policy is limited and will be determined by a competitive process.  Approximately twenty students from within the UT System will be selected.  The application process consists of two parts: (1) selection of semi-finalists based on submission of application materials outlined below; (2) interviews of the semifinalists, from which Program Participants will be chosen.

The summer 2014 semester application deadline for UT System Campuses is Friday, January 24, 2014.  Semi-finalists will be scheduled for an on-campus interview to occur between January 27 and February 7, 2014. Archer Center orientation for accepted students will be held in Texas on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

To be considered for the program, you must complete all sections of the application and return it with all requested attachments by the application deadline to your campus contact.  The Archer Center staff will assist participants in internship searches.  Please review application deadlines and procedures for desired internships prior to application submission for the Graduate Program in Public Policy.

The Program Fee is $3,900* and is paid in lieu of tuition and fees.  Participants will be responsible for their living expenses.  Housing in townhomes on historic Capitol Hill is available to program participants through Washington Intern Student Housing at the cost of approximately $3,028 for the summer 2014 session.  Living in the housing is recommended for program participants.  Housing stipends will be available for program participants whose home institution’s tuition and fees for 9 semester credit hours are less than the program fee charged for participation in the Graduate Program in Public Policy at The Archer Center.

*The Archer Extension Program Fee is subject to increase in conjunction with annual standard tuition increases across the UT System. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a University of Texas System graduate or PhD program
  • Applicant must have an overall minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must have previous professional or internship experience
  • Applicant must have university or community leadership or public service experience

Graduate Program Courses

  • Inside Washington: Policymaking From the Ground Up (3 hours)
  • Policy Internship (up to 6 hours)

Application Materials

Summer 2014 Application Timeline

  • January 24, 2014: Application Deadline
  • January 27 - February 7, 2014:  On Campus Interviews
  • February 10, 2014: Selected program participants are notified