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The Archer Center is a non-profit entity supported by the generosity of its sponsors. Your support will ensure future generations of Texas students have the opportunity to take part in our programs. Donations can be made out to the UT Foundation and mailed to the Archer Center, attn: Katie Cook Romano, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C., 20006. Please feel free to call 202.955.9091 with any questions.

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The Archer Center
"Where Texas meets the world."
The University of Texas System
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20006

202.955.9091 Phone
202.955.9039 Fax
archer@utsystem.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

2010-2011 Application Deadline: February 19, 2010


How do I apply?
What programs are available to me?
What makes a good candidate?
How much does it cost to participate as an Archer Fellow?
Can I still receive financial aid as an Archer Fellow?
What about transportation?
Where do Archer Fellows live?
Who participates in the program?
What classes will Fellows take in Washington, D.C.?
How do these classes fit with my degree plan?
What majors typically participate in the Bill Archer Fellowship?
Where can Archer Fellows intern?
How much do Fellows work and will they get paid?
Who should I contact for more information?

How do I apply?

Bill Archer Fellowship Program: You can download the application here. A full application includes the information sheet, a resume, a writing sample, a personal statement, a transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a list of desired internship placements. The packet must be submitted to your campus representative by the campus due date. Selection takes place in the spring for the following fall and spring semesters.

Welcome to the Beltway Seminar: Applications will be available in January 2010. A full application includes the filled out form and a check for the full amount turned in to the Campus Contact sometime during the sign up period. This will take place before spring break. Check back here for more details as the date draws closer.

What programs are available to me?

Bill Archer Fellowship Program: Any undergraduate student from any UT System Institution. All participants must be of upper division standing and have taken both required government courses.

Graduate Program in Public Policy: Graduate and PhD students from UT System Institutions participating in this program. Please contact Archer Center staff for more information.

Welcome to the Beltway Seminar: Any undergraduate student, graduate student or recent graduate from any UT System Institution is eligible to participate in this seminar.

Summer Speakers Series: Any current or former LBJ student, any Archer Fellow alum, and guests are eligible to attend the Summer Speakers Series.

What makes a good candidate?

Bill Archer Fellowship Program: A good candidate is a student who is interested in pursuing a semester in Washington and is interested in participating in intellectual exchange centering on government and politics. Many students are Government or Political Communication majors, but we have had Business, Science, Engineering, History, Education, Pre-Med and other students participate as well. The key factor is your ability to make a compelling case, in your application and interview, for why you should be allowed the opportunity to participate in a semester in Washington D.C.

Welcome to the Beltway Seminar: This is a first come/first served system. We have a limited number of slots available for the visit. Students who sign up and return their check for the fee first will be assigned a spot. A waiting list will be created in case people drop off.

How much does it cost to participate as an Archer Fellow?

In the past, Archer Fellows were charged tuition and fees at their home campuses. Student cost varied from institution to institution, depending upon the cost of taking a 15 semester credit hour course load. Since the fall of 2007, your home institution has charged a flat extension program fee in lieu of the usual tuition and fees paid to your home campus, in addition to certain mandatory fees (at the discretion of the campus). The program fee is currently $3,600. Students pay this program fee, cost of books, and the living expenses incurred while working in Washington, D.C. Additionally, students should be prepared to spend money on appropriate professional attire for their internship.

Estimated Budget (not including tuition/fees):
Housing (no meals)
$4,079
Transportation while in D.C. (Metro, bus)
$500
Meals (groceries/dining out)
$2,000
Entertainment/weekend trips/miscellaneous
$1,000
Total:
$7,579

Can I still receive financial aid as an Archer Fellow?

If you qualify for financial aid from your home institution, your participation in the Archer Fellowship Program will not affect your eligibility because you will be registered as a full-time student on your home campus. The Archer Center will work with your financial aid office to ensure that the increased costs associated with the extension program fee and the cost of living in Washington, D.C. are considered.

In addition to any financial aid that you may receive from your campus, you may be eligible to receive a housing subsidy from the Archer Center. If you would have paid less than $3,600 in tuition and fees to enroll in 15 semester credit hours, the Archer Center will provide you with a housing subsidy to be paid directly to Washington Intern Student Housing. This subsidy will not to exceed the difference between what you would have paid in tuition and fees and the $3,600 extension program fee.

What about transportation?

The Archer Center has traditionally provided one round-trip ticket from Texas to Washington, D.C. to each student selected as an Archer Fellow. Students are discouraged from driving. The city has a wonderful Metro and bus system that makes it easy and relatively inexpensive to navigate the city and surrounding areas. Visit www.wmata.com for more information.

Where do Archer Fellows live?

Since 2005, Archer Fellows have lived in historic town homes on Capitol Hill as part of an arrangement with WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing). Archer Fellows live together in homes just blocks from the Capitol and the Supreme Court. The Archer Center will select the house, assign roommates and negotiate costs, but all payments will be made directly to WISH. More information on WISH can be found at www.internsdc.com.

Who participates in the program?

Undergraduate students from any University of Texas System Institution are welcome to participate. To date, UT Arlington, UT Austin, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler have had students participate as Archer Fellows.  Between 30-32 Archer Fellows from across the UT System will be accepted for each semester of the 2010-2011 year.

What classes will Fellows take in Washington, D.C.?

All Archer Fellows enroll in the same courses – 15 hours total. Six hours of credit for your internship and nine hours of courses you will take in D.C. at The Archer Center. The courses are specially designed for Archer Fellows and are taught by UT System professors in Washington. Your campus will have special designations for these courses in the course catalog. Check with your campus contact for more specifics. The courses currently offered are:

  • Government Research Internship
  • The Policymaking Process - Dr. Julie Donnelly
  • Advocacy in Applied Settings - Dr. John Daly
  • Beyond Congress and the White House - Dr. Joel Swerdlow

How do these classes fit with my degree plan?

The answer to this question differs based on the individual student and campus. They are all upper-division courses, but you need to work with your academic advisor to determine how they will complement your degree plan.

What majors typically participate in the Bill Archer Fellowship?

While many of our students tend to come from communication and government programs, there are no limitations on who may apply. Washington, D.C. truly has something to offer everyone. From civil engineers interested in working on transportation policy to social work majors wanting to go into international aid work, students can find an internship to put them on the path toward their future career goals. Here’s the breakdown of majors from all Archer alumni:

  • 32% – Government
  • 19% – Economics, History, Honors
  • 16 % – Communication (journalism, speech, radio-television-film, public relations)
  • 32% – 24 other majors, ranging from Spanish to business administration to biology

Where can Archer Fellows intern?

Anywhere you want. The Archer Fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity for you to live and work in our nation’s capital city and take advantage of all that it has to offer. Students should think of their dream job opportunity in D.C. and go from there. Students are responsible for researching and applying for internships on their own, but the Archer Center is there to guide and assist throughout the process. Our program has a fantastic reputation for providing high-quality interns, so each semester it becomes easier and easier for our students to get placed. See the Potential Internship Opportunities for Bill Archer Fellows for more ideas.

How much do Fellows work and will they get paid?

Students are required to intern at least 32 hours per week, but most work a full 40 hour work week. The vast majority of internships are unpaid. There are a few exceptions, but it is highly unlikely so students should not plan on earning an income in D.C. You are prohibited from having an outside job while in Washington. Archer activities, a full time internship and a full academic course load will keep you busy.

Who should I contact for more information?

Bill Archer Fellowship Program:
Please contact your campus representative or the Archer Center Click here.

Welcome to the Beltway Seminar:
Please contact the Archer Center.