November 1, 2013
Impact on Washington: WINS 20th Anniversary!
Condensed by Native Village
Washington, D.C.: American University in Washington, D.C. is entering the 20th year of it's WINS program.
The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) helps American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian college students build leadership skills while living, studying and interning in Washington DC. The program offers full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations. Students gain knowledge, experience and academic credit through this intensive program.
In addition to their internships, students take classes designed for the WINS program at American University. These classes focus on issues important to AI/AN/NH communities and include lectures, discussions, research projects, and more.
The WINS program also includes cultural and social activities. Recent events included picnics with mentors and internship supervisors and a summer powwow to honor WINS participants.
In their free time, students are encouraged to visit Washington area sites, such as the National Museum of the American Indian, the Pentagon, and Capitol Hill.
The Fall, 2013 WIN students are being challenged by all that DC has to offer. Besides interning 40 hours a week and taking evening courses, they have experienced a federal government shutdown, living in a historic house on Capital Hill, and exploring the neighborhoods.
Most importantly, students are growing professionally and personally. Recent WINS participants have interned with:
the Fall, 2013 WINS newsletter!
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