Student Opportunities

NEW: Comcast Pilot Virtual Internship Program

Comcast Internet Essentials has provided COE support to develop and pilot virtual STEAM internships for students in four of the TRIO programs: McNair, Student Support Services, Talent Search and Upward Bound. It is expected that two programs from each category will be selected to participate in the pilot — and that each selected program will engage a minimum of two students in Virtual Internships. Each selected project may be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 that may be used either for student stipends, staffing, or program development costs. We are delighted that Nate Easley ( will be facilitating this effort for COE. We hope to extend this model to many additional programs in the 2021-22 academic year.

Expectations of Selected Projects

  • Identify a minimum of two high school students or undergraduates to participate in virtual internships to be carried out between May and August of 2021. Students should be enrolled in or preparing for undergraduate programs in business, engineering, marketing and communications, mathematics or science, or technology;
  • To the extent feasible, assure your students are available to participate in pre-internship activities to be conducted this spring;
  • Share with COE the names and contact information of local and national businesses that you currently work with for purposes of preparing students for the professional workforce, and
  • Participate in program evaluations.

Download the application by clicking here Document is available for download (.pdf). The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 31.

Additional 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).

National Student Leadership Congress

Virtual Program, June 14-18, 2021

The 32nd Annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) challenges 180 TRIO pre-college students from across the United States and U.S. territories to find innovative solutions to today’s societal issues.

Selected students will serve as Members of Congress during the online 5-day leadership experience for first-generation high school students. Selected students must attend the entire program, June 14-18. Click here Document is available for download (.pdf) for a tentative agenda.

Programming will include the following:

  • A Simulated Congress Challenge where students will develop a bill addressing current societal demands;
  • Interactive learning labs;
  • Virtual tour of Washington D.C.;
  • College panel and college fair; and
  • Remarks from leaders from across the country.

Additional benefits to participating in the NSLC program are:

  • To establish a national network of emerging leaders.
  • To develop as a service-oriented leader, empowered and skilled to serve their communities and their nation.
  • To increase understanding of national issues affecting the future.
  • Appreciation of fellow TRIO students experiences from across the United States and U.S. Territories.
  • Increased awareness of leadership potential.
  • Enhanced leadership skills in decision making, planning, goal setting, conflict resolution and negotiating.
  • Greater knowledge of the role of individuals and alliances in shaping national priorities; and career opportunities in government, public service, and education.
  • Increased understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship through service.

For Students

Student Eligibility:

  • Current TRIO pre-college program (UB/UBMS/TS) participant
  • Graduating class of 2022 or 2023
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA (weighted) or higher
  • Access to a computer and internet for the entirety of the program, June 14-18.

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement but would greatly benefit from participating in the NSLC program are encouraged to contact (

To apply, complete the Student Application and submit all supporting materials by March 26 by 11:59 p.m. ET. Create an account to save your application and return to it later.

Supporting materials include:

Permission from the student applicant’s parent/guardian and the sponsoring TRIO program director is required to be selected and to participate. Applicants are encouraged to share the this brochure Document is available for download (.pdf) with them.

  • All students, Parent/Guardian and TRIO program directors will be notified of their acceptance or if they were placed on a waitlist by April 27.
  • A mandatory student, Parent/Guardian and TRIO program director orientation for selected students will be held May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • Registration cost is $350 per student and must be paid by May 24.

Registration fees include admission into the program, technology costs, workshop and activities outlined in this brochure Document is available for download (.pdf), t-shirt, memorabilia, snacks, and certificate of completion. The registration fee is an allowable project expense (see OMB sec 200.405 Allocable costs).

To immerse participants in a leadership experience, only four students per institution will be accepted.

Questions? Please contact Vanessa Ramirez via e-mail at (

For Counselors

Make an impact on TRIO students nationally and apply to be a counselor for the 32nd National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC). Complete the Counselor Application.

Here is a chance to facilitate a transformational experience for 180 pre-college TRIO students from across the United States and U.S. territories. Students will serve as policymakers tasked with finding innovative solutions to today’s societal issues. Access the Student Application.

Crucial to the student experience and success of the program, selected counselors guide 10-15 students through the online five-day leadership experience for first-generation and low-income high school students. Therefore, selected counselors must participate in a mandatory orientation, scheduled for June 8-11, 2021, where they will be introduced to their fellow NSLC Counselors, Counselor Duties, and NSLC Curriculum.

Additional counselor duties include participating in daily staff debriefings, facilitating group sessions for the Simulated Congress Challenge, assisting with program logistics and evaluation, managing emergencies, helping students with technology as necessary, and keeping students abreast of the schedule. See the NSLC Brochure Document is available for download (.pdf) for a tentative agenda.

Counselors must be available June 8-18 for the entirety of the counselor training and NSLC program. Counselors who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend.

Counselor Eligibility:

  • Experience working with High School students;
  • Experience coordinating student programing;
  • and Clearance from a direct supervisor to participate.

Since counselors will work with minors, a background check will be conducted.

The deadline for submitting the Counselor Application is March 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The counselor application includes short essay responses and a recommendation from your TRIO director or direct supervisor if you are a TRIO director.

Create an account to save your application and return to it later.

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Ramirez via e-mail at (

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.

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