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

National Student Leadership CongressNational Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) is an intensive, six-day cultural and educational event for Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, and Talent Search students. Sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and hosted at Georgetown University, this event provides students with a model college experience, simulating what it would be like to live and learn on a college campus.

NSLC combines cultural exposure with a special mock congress programming, intended to widen the views of participants and challenge them to become experts on a particular topic in the news. As part of their Washington, D.C. experience, NSLC students take time to meet with their respective Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and visit national monuments. Attendees engage with other TRIO students from across the country while also hearing stories from TRIO alumni who have successfully pursued higher education and exemplary career paths. Overall, students experience a nurturing yet challenging week that promotes leadership skills and personal development.

Click here to read about the 2017 NSLC that took place recently in Washington, D.C.

Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program

Keith Sherin Global Leaders in Salamanca, SpainKeith 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 14 to May 5, 2018. 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 15, 2017. 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 (

Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program, Spanish Language & Culture in Salamanca — Every June, a group of 15 TRIO SSS and McNair students has an exciting learning opportunity. You will have a chance to explore Salamanca, one of Spain's most spectacular cities, as you immerse yourself in an intensive, month-long study of Spanish language and culture. You'll study with international students at the University of Salamanca and have the option to live with a Spanish family or with other international students in a residence hall. The program is administered by COE and Travel & Education, a program provider that partners with three universities in Spain.

You must be nominated by your TRIO program director to apply to this program. Eligible students are TRIO Student Support Services or McNair participants and former alumni of Educational Opportunity Center or any Upward Bound program who are currently enrolled, in good academic and social standing with their institutions, have at least sophomore status, and have demonstrated leadership ability and potential. Priority will be given to students who have had at least one semester of Spanish or the equivalent and who have not previously studied or travelled overseas. Your college or university must be an Institutional Member of COE for you to participate in this program. For more information, please download the program Announcement Document is available for download (.pdf). To apply, please download the Nomination Form Document is available for download (.pdf).

Click here to read about the 2017 Keith Sherin Global Leaders who spent last June in Salamanca, Spain.

If you have any questions about the Leaders Program, please contact Holly Hexter via e-mail (

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. The program must be an Institutional Member of COE. 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, 2018; the announcement of the first Wolanin Intern will be made in mid-March 2018. At the time, the scheduling of the internship will be finalized. COE 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 questions about the internship, contact Holly Hexter via e-mail ( or phone at (202) 347-7430.