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About the Archer Fellowship Program

The Bill Archer Fellowship Program was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with Former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students Texas to Washington, D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, history, and advocacy. Our students work with organizations such as the United Nations Information Centre, the US Department of State, many offices within the White House and on the Hill, with federal agencies, and with non-profit organizations. Our selection process is rigorous, and to bring only the best representatives from throughout Texas.

Students who participate in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program can expect to have an exhausting, rewarding experience that will allow them to learn about how our federal government interacts within and outside itself. Students will make and maintain social and professional contacts that could help lead to continued internship opportunities and even jobs post-graduation. Our support network is already large, and our alumni base is growing constantly with core groups in Austin, Dallas, Washington, New York, and Boston.

Archer Fellows are typically among the most capable students in the university. They can come from any major, but most are interested in careers in government, politics or public policy. They have respectable academic records and solid achievements outside the university. They are motivated and focused, both academically and professionally. They are intellectually curious, outgoing and well-spoken, and are excellent ambassadors for their universities.

Archer Fellows enroll in a full 15-hour load of coursework for their semester in Washington: three courses in politics, communication and public policy taught by UT-System faculty, and a custom-arranged internship with a federal agency, nonprofit, media organization or NGO, according to their career goals.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Junior or senior status at the time of the fellowship
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completion of core curriculum requirement in Political Science
  • 24 hours or more in residence at UTSA

For program details, please visit the Archer Fellowship website at

For more information on UTSA's participation in the Archer Fellowship Program, please e-mail Elisa Perkins Cuellar at or call the Office of Scholar Development at 210-458-4675.