The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by The University of Texas Systemin conjunction with Former U.S. Representative...
The Archer Fellowship consists of three components:• Internship – fellows complete a full-time internship at a  site that ...
Where can I intern?Anywhere you want! The Archer Fellowship is anextraordinary opportunity for you to live and work in our...
What classes will I take?All Archer Fellows enroll in the same courses – 15 hours total. Six hours ofcredit for your inter...
Where will I live?Archer Fellows live together in historic row homesjust blocks from the Capitol and the Supreme Court.You...
Is this program a good fit for me?The Archer Fellowship is a good fit for any student looking for animmersive study experi...
Am I eligible for the program?The program is open to students of all majors at any UTSystem campus. The eligibility requir...
I’m concerned about costs. Is this program expensive?We do all we can to make this program as affordable as possible to ou...
Sounds great! How do I apply?The application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is February 22, 2013.Finalists will ...
How can I make myself a great candidate?Tip #1: Start early! Begin work on your resume, personal statement,and policy essa...
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The Bill Archer Fellowship Program

  1. 1. The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by The University of Texas Systemin conjunction with Former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bringhighly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. toparticipate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy,economics, and persuasion. Our students work with places such as the UnitedNations Information Centre, the U.S. Department of State, many officeswithin the White House and on the Hill, with federal agencies, and with non-profit organizations. Our selection process is rigorous, and we are affordedthe opportunity to bring only the best representatives from throughout Texas.Students who participate in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program can expect tohave an exhausting, rewarding experience that will allow them to learn abouthow our federal government interacts within and outside itself. Students willmake and maintain social and professional contacts that could help lead tocontinued internship opportunities and even jobs post-graduation. Oursupport network is already large, and our alumni base is growing constantlywith core groups in Austin, Dallas, Washington, New York, and Boston. www.archercenter.org
  2. 2. The Archer Fellowship consists of three components:• Internship – fellows complete a full-time internship at a site that is well-suited to their academic and professional goals and interests.• Scholarship – fellows earn 15 credit hours during their participation in the program – 6 credits for the internship and 9 credits for upper division coursework• Fellowship – all fellows will live together on Capitol Hill and will take classes together as a group. This is a wonderful opportunity to build friendships and professional connections, and enjoy the camaraderie of the best students that Texas has to offer. www.archercenter.org
  3. 3. Where can I intern?Anywhere you want! The Archer Fellowship is anextraordinary opportunity for you to live and work in ournation’s capital city and take advantage of all that it has tooffer. Students should think of their dream jobopportunity in D.C. and go from there. Students areresponsible for researching and applying for internshipson their own, but the Archer Center is there to guide andassist throughout the process. Our program has afantastic reputation for providing high-quality interns, soeach semester it becomes easier and easier for ourstudents to get placed. See the Potential InternshipOpportunities for Bill Archer Fellows for more ideas. www.archercenter.org
  4. 4. What classes will I take?All Archer Fellows enroll in the same courses – 15 hours total. Six hours ofcredit for your internship and nine hours of courses you will take in D.C. atThe Archer Center. The courses are specially designed to appeal to ArcherFellows from all academic backgrounds (no previous government coursesrequired) and are taught by UT System professors in Washington. Thoughyou’ll be taking courses on site in DC, you will enroll at UT Tyler in order tomaintain your in-residence status.The Policymaking Process - Dr. Julie Donnelly (POLS 4380)Advocacy in Applied Settings - Dr. John Daly (SPCM 4329)Beyond Congress & the White House - Dr. Joel Swerdlow (POLS 4390)Internship Hours – these credits may be taken in your major departmentpending departmental approval.More detailed information about theses courses can be found here. www.archercenter.org
  5. 5. Where will I live?Archer Fellows live together in historic row homesjust blocks from the Capitol and the Supreme Court.You’re very close to public transportation and allthe city has to offer. The Archer Center will selectthe houses and assign roommates. Both houseshave a basement with bedroom space, a groundfloor with common living areas and a kitchen, andthree upper floors with bedroom space.Traditionally, UT Tyler pays the cost of housing forour fellows! www.archercenter.org
  6. 6. Is this program a good fit for me?The Archer Fellowship is a good fit for any student looking for animmersive study experience. Government and policy will impactvirtually every professional area, and learning how to navigate thegovernmental system is a valuable (and marketable) skill. We’ve hadfellows from many academic majors – not just government andpolitical science.• 32% – Government• 19% – Economics, History, Honors• 16 % – Communication (journalism, speech, radio-television-film, public relations)• 32% – 24 other majors, ranging from Spanish to business administration to biologyThe diversity of the fellowship is one of it’s strengths. This is a uniqueopportunity to learn with, and from, the best students in Texas. www.archercenter.org
  7. 7. Am I eligible for the program?The program is open to students of all majors at any UTSystem campus. The eligibility requirements are:• Junior or senior status during the fellowship semester• Overall GPA: 3.0 or higher• Completion of government requirements (POLS 2305 & 2306)• Previous work or internship experience• 24 hours completed in residence (12 completed & 12 in progress for transfer students)• Campus/community leadership experience www.archercenter.org
  8. 8. I’m concerned about costs. Is this program expensive?We do all we can to make this program as affordable as possible to ourstudents. As a fellow, here’s what you should expect:• A flat program fee (currently $4500) paid by you in lieu of your regular tuition and fees for the semester. Scholarships and financial aid can be applied to this fee. You can also request a re-evaluation of your financial aid award for your Archer Semester to consider the additional costs and special circumstances.• Transportation expenses to and from Washington – scholarships are available from the Archer Center to help with this.• Housing – traditionally, UT Tyler pays the housing costs for it’s fellows (minus the application fee and security deposit, both $200)• Daily expenses – food, entertainment, public transportation, etc.Overall, the cost is a bit more than a typical semester on campus, but theadded expenses are manageable for the majority of students. www.archercenter.org
  9. 9. Sounds great! How do I apply?The application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is February 22, 2013.Finalists will be expected to participate in an on-campus interview to be scheduled inMarch. Students selected to participate in the program will be notified in April. Thefollowing materials should be included with your application:• Resume• Official Transcript (from all junior colleges/colleges/universities attended)• Personal Statement (Why do you want to be an Archer Fellow? What unique contribution can you make to the program?)• Policy Essay (chose any issue of domestic or foreign policy and argue your case to the audience of your choice)• Letters of Recommendation (three total, two must be from UT System professors)• List of Potential Internships (your top three)• Statement of Disclosure (include any disciplinary actions or criminal convictions)Download the full application materials here. www.archercenter.org
  10. 10. How can I make myself a great candidate?Tip #1: Start early! Begin work on your resume, personal statement,and policy essay in the fall semester.Tip #2: Ask for help!• Take your resume to Career Services.• Talk to the people who know you best about your personal statement – sometimes they can identify your unique attributes better than you can!• Visit the writing center with your personal statement and policy essayTip #3: Pay attention! Congressman Archer is committed to publicservice (in many broad forms), and the Archer Fellowship is designedto further that commitment in our fellows. Pay attention to politicsand current events so you can best identify the various ways in whichyou can contribute. www.archercenter.org

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