DC Flyers Program: Summer Internships for Honors Students

The University Honors Program and Political Science Department have partnered to establish the DC Flyers program, groups of UD students exploring careers in DC through first-rate summer internships and experiential learning opportunities. Participants will represent the University of Dayton in our nation’s capital, benefiting from the mentorship of co-workers, faculty, peers and the local UD alumni network.

See past participants discuss their experience below.


The internship experience is a key component of the DC Flyers Program. Students find placements in internships corresponding to their fields of interest and live in Washington, D.C. In addition, students participate in professional development opportunities and enroll in a complementary mini-course the semester prior to their experiences in D.C.

  • Build UD community in Washington, D.C. with your peers, UD alumni and other students from across the country who are interested in creating positive change through public service.
  • Develop networks, understand future career options and lay a path for your future.
  • Become a strong candidate for prestigious fellowships such as the Truman and Udall Scholarships.
  • Receive housing in Washington, D.C.
  • Receive a stipend of up to $3,000 to cover food, public transportation, dry cleaning and other basic needs.

Note:  Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C., are the responsibility of each student accepted into the program. Students may not study abroad the spring semester before their DC experiences.


  • Any Honors student interested in civic engagement, governance, public policy, human rights, non-profit work or leadership should apply. A wide range of opportunities exists for all UD majors.
  • Sophomores and juniors are eligible and exceptional first-year students will be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students who are engaged leaders in the UD community and demonstrate a commitment to a future career in public service.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the University Honors Program.

Application Process

2017 Applications DUE:  October 27, 2017

The DC Flyers application will be available on-line through the University Honors Program Porches page in late September.

Other Requirements

  • Interviews for the DC Flyers Program 2017 will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017. You must be available for an interview if you would like to be a member of the 2018 cohort.
  • In addition, students will take a 1 credit mini-course in the Spring of 2018. You must be present at each session to participate in the DC Flyers program.  The date and time of this class will be determined after the cohort is selected.