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HACU National Internship Program / Eligibility 



The HACU National Internship Program is open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or veteran status.

As long as you meet the listed requirements below and are eager for a challenge, we welcome you to apply!

Before applying, please take a moment to read through the eligibility requirements to make sure that you fit the criteria of a qualified applicant.




In order to apply to the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • authorization or eligibility to work in the United States by law (HACU participates in E-verify)
  • completion of freshman year of college before the internship begins
  • minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is preferable but not required as agencies are the ones that make selections
  • enrollment in a degree-seeking program (e.g. BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or Ph.D.) at an accredited higher education institution. Students pursuing only a credential or certificate program will be considered ineligible.


Temporary Policy Extension in Response to the COVID19 Pandemic

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, HACU is extending the eligibility period for recent graduates.  Recent graduates can apply and participate for the remaining sessions in 2020.  The student has to be within 2 years of graduation by December 2020. 

Undergraduates or graduate students intending to participate in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program whose professional pursuits were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will have pathways to meet HACU’s eligibility requirements.

NOTICE: Federal law requires Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. HACU will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.