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The High School/College Internship Program (HISCIP) allows a student to take college courses during his or her senior year of high school. HISCIP offers DCPS students the opportunity to maintain their high school status while enrolling part-time or full-time at a participating college or university. In addition to being able to take challenging college courses that are not offered at their home high school, DCPS students are given the opportunity to earn college credit that can be transferred to many post-secondary institutions.
Application Process
The application process occurs in the spring of the junior year. Students from all DC Public Schools who have a 3.0 GPA and obtain a PSAT, SAT or ACT score acceptable to the designated college or university and have earned a minimum of 18 Carnegie Units (credits) by the end of the junior year may apply to enroll in courses at: American University, The Catholic University of America, The Corcoran School of Art and Design, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity University, University of the District of Columbia, and University of Maryland–College Park.


Students interested in HISCIP should:

  • Take the PSAT in October and/or the SAT by the end of the first semester of their junior year.
  • Apply for HISCIP through their high school counselor in April of their junior year.
  • Submit the completed application, letter of agreement, student transcript, test scores, and an essay/personal statement to the student’s high school counselor by the date the local school counselor indicates on the form.
  • Complete essays/personal statements to be submitted with the application. Students should consult with their teacher and/or school counselor on their essay/personal statement.

Students will be notified of placement decisions in June.


The point of contact for this program is the junior counselor.

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