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Since 1992, the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) has placed over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in challenging paid internship assignments within federal agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations in Washington, DC, and nationwide. Nearly 400 students participated in the internship program in 2013.
HNIP is considered a model program for both student career development and outreach to the Hispanic community by providing internship opportunities to students, federal agencies, and corporations. The objectives of the program are to:
Provide a high quality internship experience for students from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other colleges and universities to enable them to make more educated career choices and explore employment with federal agencies and corporations.
Expose students to career opportunities in business, research, technology, and management.
Supplement academic study with practical experience for students majoring in relevant fields and related disciplines.
Extend and strengthen the relationship between government agencies, corporations, and HSIs and other institutions that have significant Hispanic enrollment and that offer related academic programs.
Serve as a recruitment resource to federal agencies and corporations.