The Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas

The Graduate Program in Public Policy

The Graduate Program in Public Policy for the summer of 2013 will consist of a twelve week program living in the heart of Washington, D.C., approximately May 28 through August 16, 2013.

Application Process

Enrollment in the Graduate Program in Public Policy is limited and will be determined by a competitive process. Approximately twenty students from within the UT System will be selected. The application process consists of two parts: (1) selection of semi-finalists based on submission of application materials outlined below; (2) interviews of the semifinalists, from which Program Participants will be chosen.

The summer 2013 semester application deadline for UT System Campuses is Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Semi-finalists will be scheduled for an on-campus interview to occur between November 12 and November 30, 2012. Students selected as Program Fellows will be notified by December 7, 2012.

To be considered for the program, you must complete all sections of the application and return it with all requested attachments by the application deadline to your campus contact. The Archer Center staff will assist participants in internship searches. Please review application deadlines and procedures for desired internships prior to application submission for the Graduate Program in Public Policy.


  • Applicant must be enrolled in a University of Texas System graduate or PhD program
  • Applicant must have completed 9 credit hours in residence prior to application submission
  • Applicant must have an overall minimum graduate GPA of 3.33 (First year Masters students may be granted conditional acceptance into the Program contingent on a minimum GPA of 3.33 after completion of 9 credit hours during fall 2012 semester.)
  • Applicant must have previous professional or internship experience
  • Applicant must have university or community leadership or public service experience


This summer, participating students will work with governmental and non-governmental offices across the capitol, including:

  • The White House: Domestic Policy Council
  • The New America Foundation: Public Policy Initiative
  • U.S. Marshal Service: Center for Judicial Security
  • U.S. Department of Education: Office of the Secretary
  • Center for American Progress
  • More information

    For additional information on Graduate Program in Public Policy, including information on housing, transportation, curriculum and costs of participation, please visit the program website at or contact in the Honors College at UT Dallas.