HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)

Expand your professional network
Gain Real World Experience

Founded in 1992, the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) is year round paid internship program for all majors. The HNIP, started with 24 students and one federal agency, and currently now places 400 students in federal and corporate internships in Washington, D.C. and field offices nationwide. 

Whether you’re seeking an internship with the federal government or in the corporate sector, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) offers students a variety of opportunities to allow you to graduate with career experience.

For over 27 years, the HACU National Internship Program has partnered with organizations seeking to diversify their workforce.

Why would you be interested in participating in the HNIP?

  • PAID Internships! ( $610-$680 per week)
  • Free travel to orientation and internship site
  • Housing at internship location arranged by HACU
  • No application fees
  • Professional development workshops and cultural events

Travel and Housing

  • Round-trip airfare for interns is arranged and paid by HACU.
  • Federal interns can choose to arrange their own housing or can request HACU arranged housing.
  • Federal interns in HACU-arranged housing pay through payroll deductions and corporate interns pay via electronic funds transfer


  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program (associates, bachelors, graduate or professional degree such as law, medical, and business) 
    • Recent graduates are eligible if they complete an internship session within 12 months of their graduation date
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have completed freshman year
  • 3.0 GPA is recommended but not required
  • Authorized to work in the United States


2020 Internship Dates

Session   Program Dates Application Opens deadlines Number of weeks
Spring 2020

January 8 - April 24, 2020

Closed Oct. 25, 2019 15
Summer 2020

May 28 –August 7, 2020

Currently open  Feb. 14, 2020 10
Fall 2020

Sept. 3-Dec. 20, 2020

January 4, 2020 June 5, 2020 15