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The Bill Archer Fellowship Program

The Bill Archer Fellowship Program was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with Former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, economics, and persuasion. Our students work with places such as the United Nations Information Centre, the US Department of State, many offices within the White House and on the Hill, with federal agencies, and with non-profit organizations. Our selection process is rigorous, and we are afforded the opportunity to bring only the best representatives from throughout Texas.

Students who participate in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program can expect to have an exhausting, rewarding experience that will allow them to learn about how our federal government interacts within and outside itself. Students will make and maintain social and professional contacts that could help lead to continued internship opportunities and even jobs post-graduation.

Both American citizens and international students are eligible to hold Archer Fellowships.

Archer Fellows are typically among the most capable students in the university. They can be in any major, but most are interested in careers in government, politics or public policy. They have respectable academic records and solid achievements outside the university. They are motivated and focused, both academically and professionally. They are intellectually curious, outgoing and well-spoken, and are excellent ambassadors for their universities.

Archer Fellows enroll in a full 12-hour load of coursework for their semester in Washington: three courses in politics, communication and public policy taught by UT Austin faculty, and a custom-arranged internship with a federal agency, nonprofit, media organization or NGO, according to their career goals.

Fellows register for four UTA courses and pay UTA tuition. The Office of the Provost provides a modest stipend and fee waiver to defray living costs in Washington. Honors students receive additional funding assistance from the Dean of the Honors College.

The UTA representative for Archer fellowships is Dr. Karl Petruso, Dean of the Honors College (817.272.7461; email petruso@uta.edu). Questions about the internal competition may be addressed to him.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Junior or senior status at the time of the internship
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completion of POLS 2311 and 2312
  • 24 hours or more in residence at UTA
Relevant Website(s):
Application Deadline: consult the website
UTA Application Deadline: Contact Faculty Respresentative
UTA Faculty Representative: Dr. Karl Petruso, Honors College, petruso@uta.edu, 817-272-7215
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