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DC Flyers

DC Flyers Program: Summer Internships for Honors Students

DC Flyers explore careers in Washington, D.C., through 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 here.


The internship experience is the central 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 the future.
  • Receive housing in Washington, D.C.
  • Receive a fellowship of up to $3,000 to cover food, public transportation, dry cleaning and other basic needs.
  • Become a strong candidate for prestigious fellowships such as the Truman and Udall Scholarships.


  • 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 as cohort members are required to  complete an on-campus mini course prior to the summer internship.


  • 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 to apply and exceptional first-year students will be considered. In addition, returning (5th year) seniors may apply.
  • 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

2022 Applications DUE:  October 29, 2021 by 4:30pm

The DC Flyers application is available on-line through the University Honors Program Porches page.

Other Requirements

  • Interviews for the DC Flyers Program 2022 will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2021. You must be available for an interview if you would like to be a member of the cohort.
  • In addition, students will take a 1 credit mini-course in the Spring before your internship. You must be present at each session to participate in the DC Flyers program.  The date and time of this class will be provided no later than during the DC Flyers interviews.

Honors Program

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0311