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The Archer Center | The University of Texas System in Washington, D.C.

"I can remember walking into [the Chamber of the House] for the very first time. It didn't take long to realize that making this world a better place would take a lot more than one Congressman. That's why I wanted to create a program that trains future leaders, not just for Texas, but for the world.
A program to shape the minds of students from different backgrounds and interests. To learn about policy in our classes, but also through their internships. [...] A program that produces the type of leaders our country needs for the next generation.
I am optimistic about the future because that program exists today.
Be part of the legacy. Become an Archer Fellow."

— Senator William Archer
(excerpted from "I Am An Archer Fellow" video,


The Bill Archer Fellowship Program was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with former Houston area Congressman Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. to participate in a variety of internships. Archer Fellows enroll in classes focusing on policy, government, and persuasion, and they intern in a variety of offices in Washington, including Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, think tanks, lobbying firms, NGOs and media organizations. The selection process is rigorous; only the best representatives from UT System component institutions are provided the opportunity to participate in this program.

Students who are designated Archer Fellows can expect to have an exhausting, rewarding experience that will teach them how branches of our federal government interact with one another and with external constituencies. Archer Fellows make and maintain professional and social contacts that can help lead to further internship opportunities and often full-time professional jobs post-graduation. For undergraduates, an Archer Fellowship is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate school. For graduate students, it is an opportunity to try out a particular career or to enhance their experience in a field in which they already work. The Archer programs provide extraordinary opportunities for all UT Arlington students who have an interest in government, politics and public policy, whatever their course of study. This is an extraordinary opportunity for UT Arlington undergraduates in all academic majors who have an interest in government, politics and public policy.

Archer Fellows enroll in three 3-credit courses taught by UT Austin faculty (two POLS, one COMM), as well as a 6-hour internship custom-designed to accommodate their professional and academic interests. All courses transfer seamlessly toward the UT Arlington bachelor’s degree. Archer Fellows live in brownstone apartment buildings in an elegant neighborhood on Capitol Hill near the Supreme Court. All UT Arlington awardees receive a generous subvention from the Office of the Provost for their housing, and their on-campus fees are waived.

Note that applications are submitted online and the deadlines are for the Central Standard time zone. Additional application guidelines are listed on the Archer Center website. Finalists will be interviewed in March. The Graduate program runs for twelve weeks in the summer. Undergraduate awardees can choose to attend in either the fall or spring semester.

The program is open to graduates and undergraduates of all majors. For more information about the Archer Program, contact Perri Turner in the Honors College at If students would like to learn more about the experience and requirements, Rebekah Chojnacki in the Honors College is a Graduate Archer Fellow from Summer 2019 and is available to meet with students. To schedule an appointment click here

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