Student Opportunities

For information about Keith Sherin International, National Student Leadership, Keith Sherin Global Leaders and the Wolanin Internship, please download the Student Opportunties brochure Document is available for download (.pdf).

Keith Sherin Global Leaders

Keith Sherin Global Leaders in Salamanca, SpainKeith Sherin Global Leaders Program in The Hague, Netherlands — Applications are now open for next summer's Keith Sherin Global Leaders program, June 29 to July 21, 2019, in The Hague, Netherlands co-sponsored by COE and ECHO Center for Diversity Policy and accredited by The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Students must be current participants in TRIO SSS and McNair programs, and the programs must be institutional members of COE. The application deadline is February 15 with a refundable $500 deposit; the total cost is $2,500. Twenty students will be selected. All courses are conducted in English. For more information, please click here Document is available for download (.pdf). To download the application, please click here Document is available for download (.pdf). Contact Holly Hexter at (202) 347-7430 or ( with any questions.

Keith Sherin Global Leaders' Semester-in-Washington, D.C.Applications are now available for an exciting Capitol Hill internship and study program in Washington, D.C. from January 10 to May 3, 2019. The internship/scholarship is available to one outstanding TRIO SSS or McNair student. Students are enrolled at Marquette University's Les Aspin Center in Washington, D.C., take classes two days per week and work in Congressional offices the other three days per week during the 16-week semester. Applications are due to COE by November 9, 2018. Download the application here Document is available for download (.pdf) and the program announcement here Document is available for download (.pdf). Applicants must come from institutions that are Institutional Members of COE. For more information, contact Holly Hexter at (202) 347-7430 or (

Thomas R. Wolanin Congressional Internship

Position Summary — The Thomas R. Wolanin Congressional Internship Document is available for download (.pdf) is designed to provide individuals who are in the first generation of their families to graduate from college with an opportunity to observe the federal policy-making process first-hand and to participate in that process

Primary Responsibilities — Researching legislation; attending and summarizing meetings, briefings and hearings; drafting talking points and memos; and providing support to Congressional staff.

Qualifications, Stipend, and Timing of the Internship — For more information about these, please see the flyer Document is available for download (.pdf).

Application Process — Each candidate for the Wolanin internship must be nominated by a current or former staff member of a TRIO program. In addition to the application form, the candidate must also submit a letter explaining his/her interest in policy and in the internship, undergraduate transcripts, a resume, and a letter of support from a faculty member.

Applications are due by January 31, 2019; applicants will be notified of their status by mid-April 2019. At the time, the scheduling of the internship will be finalized. The Council for Opportunity in Education is responsible for securing the internship placement. The application is available for download in Word Document is available for download (.doc) and Adobe Document is available for download (.pdf) format.

For internship questions, please contact Holly Hexter via e-mail ( or phone at (202) 347-7430.

National Student Leadership Congress

National Student Leadership CongressJune 8-13, 2019 — The National Student Leadership Congress is an intensive 6-day leadership experience in our nation's capital for first-generation high school students from TRIO programs across the United States and territories. The 30th Annual National Student Leadership Congress will be hosted at Georgetown University and will include: a Mock Congress Competition, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Interactive Learning Lab, Monument Tour, and a day on Capitol Hill.

COE invites Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science and Talent search projects are invited to nominate outstanding rising juniors or seniors (class of 2020 and 2021) to serve as delegates to the Council for Opportunity in Education's National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC). Please select students who are ready for a challenging and intensive learning experience. It is important that student representatives come prepared for the rigors of a program that includes full schedules, requires open minds, and ensures leadership growth.

Student Eligibility — Rising Junior or Senior (class of 2019 and 2020); must have at least a 3.0 GPA; student must be a current TRIO participant. Only 180 students will be accepted into the program. We aim to provide students from all states and American territories the opportunity to immerse themselves in a premier leadership experience, therefore, we will only accept 6 students per institution.

The registration fee is $1,350 which includes housing, meals, admission fees for tours, NSLC t-shirts, and transportation while the student is in Washington D.C. Students must arrive in Washington, D.C., by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at DCA Airport or Union Station. The registration fee is an allowable project expense (OMB Circular A-21/A-122).

To register students, please click here. Registration will close on Friday, March 1, 2019, or when we reach our capacity. To get more info on the National Student Leadership Congress, and to find a tentative agenda, click here Document is available for download (.pdf).

If you have questions or concerns, contact Fernando Cardenas at (202) 347-7430 or (