Bauer in D.C. Internship Program

Bauer Students in Washington D.C.

Are you interested in working for the government, a non-profit or an innovative business in our nation's capital? Does the thought of having a business internship in the energy, healthcare or defense sector excite you? Have you always wanted to see how the federal government will impact you as a future business leader? If you've answered yes to any of these questions you should consider an internship in Washington, D.C.

The Bauer in DC Internship Program is an academic and professional experience in Washington, D.C. Participating students will intern at least 32 hours per week, for 12-14 weeks, in our nation’s capital, and may earn up to 9 hours of academic credit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain valuable work experience, earn academic credit and live in our nation’s capital.

Program Dates:

We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2015 internship program. Applications for Spring 2016 will be available here in February 2015.

2014 Bauer in D.C. Internship Program


Participants can apply for internships at the organization of their choosing. Bauer Staff will assist you in your internship search to ensure that you find a substantive opportunity prior to arriving in Washington, D.C. Below is a short list of possible internship sites. This is just a starting point. You are welcome to apply to any organization in which you are interested.

  • The White House
  • The Department of Defense
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • Congressional Offices
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • The Department of Commerce
  • The Department of Treasury
  • The Financial Services Roundtable
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Smiths Group
  • Points of Light

Academic Credit:

Participants may earn up to 9 hours of academic credit for the internship experience. Once students are selected for this internship, they will be required to meet with Colleen Davies, cmdavies@uh.edu, and their academic advisor to determine exactly how the credit will be applied towards their degree.


Bauer Students in Washington D.C.

Participants will live together in historic townhomes on Capitol Hill owned and managed by Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). Bauer will cover the housing costs for all participants, which will include utilities and internet service. More information on WISH can be found at www.internsdc.com.


The Bauer College of Business will pay for housing expenses for each participant for the duration of the internship. Each student will be required to pay for tuition for 9 credit hours, their round-trip flight to Washington, D.C., and their living expenses for the 3.5 months they are in Washington, D.C., which is estimated to be $7,500. Also, participants must have valid health insurance in order to participate in this program. Participants will be enrolled in UH courses so their scholarships and grants could be applied towards the cost of the program. Please meet with the Scholarship Office to determine if your allotment can be applied to the Bauer in DC Internship Program. Below is a sample budget.

Sample Budget
Tuition/fees for 9 hours $3,100
Roundtrip plane ticket to Washington, DC $400
Food (groceries, eating out, etc.) $2,000
Transportation (Train, bus, limited cab usage) $500
Entertainment/sightseeing/miscellaneous $1,500
Total $7,500

In order to apply you must have:

  • Completed 60 hours and have a degree plan on file at the conclusion of the Fall 2015 semester
  • 3.0 GPA or better
  • Work experience of some kind

Application Process:

In order to be considered for this internship opportunity, you must apply through the Career Gateway System. Your application will consist of the following:

  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from an academic source)
  • 1-2 page (double-spaced) personal statement explaining why you want to intern in Washington, D.C. and what you expect to gain from this experience
  • A cover letter for an organization you are interested in working for in Washington, D.C.

Applications will be available in February 2015. Applications will be due in mid-April 2015 (exact date TBD) and final selections will be made by May 2015.

For Additional Information

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss the Bauer in DC internship program in greater detail, please contact Colleen Davies at cmdavies@uh.edu, 713-743-4709 or Sarayu Sundar at ssundar@bauer.uh.edu, 713-743-4941.

Bauer in D.C. - January 2014

Four students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston are spending the spring watching the National Mall's cherry blossoms bloom on their morning commutes, learning the inner workings of finance and management in the nation's capital as "Bauer in D.C." interns. Undergraduates Samuel Castillo, Sravya Chilukuri, Sarah Lastovica and Nancy Valero will earn academic credit for their time in D.C., while experiencing the various branches of government agencies and companies through internships.

Bauer in D.C. - February 2014

See how four undergraduates from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston spent February during the Bauer in D.C. program, including snow days, visiting D.C. sites and celebrating Valentine's Day.

Bauer in D.C. - March 2014

See how four undergraduates from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston took advantage of warmer weather during the month of March in the Bauer in D.C. program.

Bauer in D.C. - April 2014

Four undergraduates from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston reflect on all that they have learned after four months in the Bauer in D.C. program.