About Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Established in 1986, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is a consortium of over 400 colleges and universities in the United States. The organization is focused on helping Hispanics succeed in higher education. In addition to its internship and scholarship programs, HACU also engages in federal and state-level advocacy, holds workshops for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, completes research and policy analyses, hosts conferences, and more.

HACU's National Internship Program matches hundreds of interns with federal agencies and corporations around the US. Interns are placed based on their skills and goals, as well as the host organization's needs. Past placements have included departmental work in accounting, IT, and public affairs, as well as organizations like hospitals, laboratories, and national parks. Interns also participate in an orientation at the beginning of the program.


Open to undergraduates (sophomore year and higher), graduate students, law students, and PhD candidates. A GPA of at least 3.0 is required.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

  • Maria Elena Vivas-House, Sr. Executive Dir.
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • HACU National Internship Program
  • One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 430
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: (202) 467-0893


  • Number of Interns: 101 or more; 300 (Summer); 50 (Fall; Spring)
  • Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Stipend; Stipend - $470 / week (May be higher for more advanced students), with perks: Assistance Arranging Housing; Seminars; Speaker Series; Travel
  • Duration: 3 to 6 months; 10 weeks (Summer); 15 weeks (Fall; Spring)
  • Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


  • Washington, DC