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Advocacy / Western Regional Office 

About the Western Regional Office

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) opened its first regional office in California in August of 2005 to handle Hispanic higher education legislative and policy issues in the western region of the U.S (Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington).

The office advocates for policies and legislation that expand access to and encourage retention in and graduation from 2- and 4-year colleges and universities.  We also advocate for the resources our colleges and universities need to succeed in fulfilling their missions.

HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)

The Western Regional Office also houses a HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) Assistant Director who will be in charge of recruiting from schools in the western states.

Since 1992, HNIP has placed over 7000 college students in rewarding and challenging internships matching their majors and career goals.  Participating agencies and corporations hope to increase diversity in their work force by providing these internships to high-achieving Hispanic students.  This creates a pipeline of future employees who have had positive, meaningful work experience.

The HACU National Internship Program recruits college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. These ten- and fifteen-week internship programs give college students direct experience in a diversity of careers in the federal and corporate sectors.

Contact Information:

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities – Western Regional Office
1107 9th Street Suite 830
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 442-0392
Fax: (916) 446-4028

Erica Romero
Assistant Vice President for State Advocacy


HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)