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 — COE works with university and other international partners to offer a short-term, summer study abroad experience for TRIO participants in Student Support Services and McNair Scholars programs. Destinations have included the United Kingdom, Spain, and The Netherlands. Students are able to apply financial aid and receive academic credit for the experience. Information about 2021 programming will be available soon.

Keith Sherin Global Leaders' Semester-in-Washington, D.C. — An exciting D.C. internship and study program in Washington, D.C. is available to one outstanding TRIO SSS or McNair participant each semester. Students enroll at Marquette University's Les Aspin Center in Washington, D.C., take classes for two days, and work in Congressional offices, federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations for the other three days each week during the 16-week semester. Information about applying for Spring 2022 will be available in mid-2021.

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 for 2021 will open in November 2020; applicants will be notified of their status by mid-April 2021. At the time, the scheduling of the internship will be finalized. The Council for Opportunity in Education is responsible for securing the internship placement.

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

National Student Leadership Congress

Each year, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) hosts the National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., for first-generation high school students from TRIO programs across the United States and territories. Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math/Science students serve as delegates in an intensive 6-day leadership experience through participation in a Mock Congress Competition, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Interactive Learning Lab, Monument Tour, and a day on Capitol Hill.

Click here for a recap of the 2019 National Student Leadership Congress.

The 31st Annual National Student Leadership Congress will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from Saturday, June 13-18, 2020. A brochure may be downloaded here Document is available for download (.pdf). Nomination forms are available here.

Upon completion of this form, nominators will receive a student application form, which is due to the Council for Opportunity in Education by March 1. For more information, please contact Justis Lopez at (