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 & Design, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity University, University of the District of Columbia, and University of Maryland–College Park.


Each participating college or university has set its own admission criteria for HISCIP participants. Additionally, financial arrangements for tuition costs have been cooperatively agreed upon by the participating universities and DCPS. Tuition costs are covered by the colleges or universities. Additional fees, books and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Please review the individual college or university pages for additional details regarding tuition and fees.

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.

HISCIP Student Application Checklist

This checklist provides some of the basic steps to complete a HISCIP application. Please consult with your school counselor for additional support regarding the HISCIP process.

  • Visit college and university websites or complete college searches on the “Choices Planner” at www.dcps.bridges.com to review the program offerings of the HISCIP participating colleges and universities.
  • Obtain copies of PSAT, SAT or ACT test scores from your school counselor.
  • Obtain a copy of your official transcript from your school counselor.
  • With help from your school counselor or college access provider, select three (3) HISCIP participating colleges or universities.
  • Review the individual essay requirements for each school you have selected in at the back of the manual. Have a school counselor or English teacher review the first draft of your essay to provide comments and suggestions. Each essay should be double-spaced in 12 pt. font in either Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Type or print clearly on the HISCIP application form. Please fill in all required information.
  • Ask a parent or legal guardian to complete and sign the letter of agreement at the bottom of the application form.
  • Submit your application to your school counselor to complete the verification of your GPA and test score data and signature on the application form.
  • Your school counselor will submit the application to the school administrator for review and signature on the application form.

Do not submit this checklist as a part of your application.