HISCIP Program Overview


Since 1975, the High School/College Internship Program (HISCIP) has afforded hundreds of academically advanced District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students, and more recently District of Columbia Public Charter School (DCPCS) students, a pathway to take college courses during their senior year in high school.  HISCIP offers DCPS and DCPCS 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, Students may earn college credit that can be transferred to postsecondary institutions.

Program Goals:

  1. Offer a more flexible educational pathway to college life and college courses for academically advanced high school students.
  2. Increase students’ interest, motivation, and appreciation for advanced learning.


DCPS and DCPCS students can enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. While in the program, whether full-time or part-time, students retain:

  • senior class status and privileges in their home high school;
  • eligibility to participate in home high school activities and programs;
  • candidacy for high school graduation until successfully completing requirements for the DCPS high school diploma; and
  • full rights granted to public high school students in DCPS.

After graduation from high school, HISCIP participants are under no obligation to continue academic studies at any cooperating university in the HISCIP program.

Each participating college or university has set its own admission criteria for HISCIP participants. Additionally, colleges and universities have agreed to cover tuition costs.  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.

HISCIP Application Procedures

High school counselors and staff are expected to assist students with the HISCIP process.  They should also ensure that all required signatures are included on the Letter of Agreement.  The following steps should be followed to complete the application process:

  • Students should take the PSAT in October and/or the SAT by March of their junior year.
  • Interested students, with a minimum 3.00 GPA, should apply for HISCIP through their high school counselor by April of their junior year.
  • Students complete Part 1 HISCIP Application online at http://goo.gl/mahIrg (I is a capitalized i)
  • Students complete HISCIP 2014 Part 2 Application which includes submission of the letter of agreement, student transcript, printed test scores and essay/personal statement(s) to the student’s high school counselor by the date indicated by the school counselor.
  • The HISCIP Committee including participating HISCIP colleges and universities request that essays/personal statements be submitted with the application.  Students should review their essay/personal statement with a teacher and/or school counselor.


  • What do you hope to gain by participating in the HISCIP program?  (Answer this question if American University, George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity University, UDC or University of Maryland are your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice HISCIP options.)
  • Why do you want to attend Catholic University for HISCIP?  (Answer this question if Catholic University is your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice HISCIP option.)
  • How does your interest in studying at Georgetown University relate to your future goals?  Please include your academic schedule, extracurricular involvement and other commitments for SY 2014-2015.  (Answer this question if Georgetown University is your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice HISCIP option.)
  • Tell us how a woman who holds a leadership role has influenced your life.  (Answer this question if Trinity University is your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice HISCIP option.)

More details about the application process and the different college/university programs available in DCPS HISCIP Manual 2014.

High school counselors should deliver the completed applications, test scores and transcripts, including third advisory grades, to:

HISCIP Committee

c/o Kevin C. Hudson, Manager College Readiness Initiative

Office of School Planning and Postsecondary Readiness

1200 First Street, NE

8th Floor

Washington, DC 20002

All HISCIP applications are due by April 25, 2014.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Please do not fax any applications.


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