Completing The TWC Application Process at UNH
All applicants must meet with the UNH TWC Liaison, in advance of applying, to review all aspects of the application process, including reviewing drafts of your resume, essay, and interest statement, and to review costs, credits, and the placement process. Typically, students meet with the Liaison at least three times before the application is approved and submitted to TWC!
Applications will not be signed or approved without a thorough review of all supporting documents by the UNH TWC Liaison.
Start your on-line application for The Washington Center and click on Apply Now. You can start at any time, save it, and continue to work on it. You will not be required to complete it in one sitting. Do NOT upload any documents, however, until they've been reviewed and approved by the UNH TWC Liaison, Paula M. DiNardo.
A one-page, professional resume is required. Students are encouraged to use the UNH Career Center's resume resources, create their first draft, then to visit their walk-in Resume Review Service, offered M-F, 12:00-2:00 pm in Hood House, room 102. Subsequent drafts will be reviewed with the UNH TWC Liaison.
The Statement of Interest is a 100-word, no-frills statement of the skills & experiences you wish to gain through your internship. Think of it as an extended objective statement, or a very short, not-very-sweet cover letter. The audience is your future internship site supervisor, so address it broadly. They want to know right away if they have what you are looking for. A rough outline should be:
- I would like an internship in Washington DC in the area of...
- Specifically, I'd like to be exposed to/learn more about/gain skills in...
- This would assist me in reaching my career goal of...
Be direct, concise, and as specific as possible. Talk about the skills and experiences you want from your internship and why. This is not the place to address skills you already have or how excited you are to do anything they ask of you. Do NOT name any one agency in particular, so that you are not limiting who considers your application.
Pick ONE issue that you are concerned about, are passionate or knowledgeable about in your field of choice, and discuss it in about 500 words. This should be written in the first person, and should contain some of your personal views or opinions. This essay serves two functions for TWC's hiring agencies:
- Primarily, it serves as a writing sample, for employers to see the quality of your writing skills, and
- It is a way of indicating to any hiring agency where you stand on issues so that you are matched with a placement that is a philosophical fit for you.
Make sure your grammar is perfect. List your full name & school clearly at the top. Double spaced with 1" margins, 500 words. If you need ideas for current policies or hot topics, try Congressional Quarterly, CQ Researcher, The National Journal, or Idealist.org.
You will need ONE OFFICIAL transcript from EACH college or university you have attended. UNH offers free transcripts which can be ordered online via WebCat. Simply request ONE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT be sent directly to TWC.
You will need two letters of reference; at least ONE MUST be from a full-time faculty member. Give faculty advance notice of your request, and provide them with information on TWC if they aren't familiar with the program. Also accompany a request for a letter of reference with a copy of your resume and an unofficial transcript (available from WebCat).
TWC now accepts all letters of recommendation electronically. After you've asked for the letter, follow the prompts in the online application and enter information about your writer. Do not enter an email address for a recommender until you have spoken with them first!! This will send an email directly to the letter writer, with complete instructions on how to submit the letter. Do not forget to send a thank you note to your letter writers once you've been accepted. It's also very advisable to send a note to them again once you are in DC, telling them about your placement and once more thanking them for their support.
There is a $60 application fee, assessed by TWC, after you have received the UNH Liaison's approval. You'll be expected to include a credit card number to be charged. Applications cannot be submitted without payment. Some financial assistance and scholarships may be available to pay for the program for those students who qualify through TWC, The New Hampshire State Society, or various academic honor societies.
Complete a UNH Study Away Reference Form, to confirm that you are in good academic, financial, and judicial standing, and that you will represent UNH in a positive light. Interning with TWC is a privilege, and students with prior judicial or arrest records may not be eligible to attend.
Plan early! All applicants must meet with the UNH TWC Liaison in advance of filling out the application, to review all aspects of the application process, including reviewing drafts of your resume, writing sample, and statement. Students must also provide an official transcript from all colleges attended, and a completed & signed UNH Study Away Reference form.
NOTE: Early Application is only for placements that require security clearances, and possibly a few other sites. Some examples are the U.S. Depts. of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, federal law enforcement agencies. All other applicants are encouraged to adhere to the Competitive Deadline. Visit the TWC page regarding programs that require early application.