Sonora 100 Internship Program

Sonora 100 Internship Program

Investing in the development of young leaders from the State of Sonora so they can reach their potential and make an impact at home.

As a Sonoran student you know that the challenges at home are very real. But there is also great hope. The future of your state depends on young people like you and your generation to step up and help make a difference.

In partnership with the government of Sonora, Mexico, The Washington Center has developed this immersive internship program in Washington D.C. to help young adults like you develop useful professional skills and understand how you can apply them to improve the lives of all Sonoran citizens. You can make a difference. You can change lives. And the Sonora 100 internship program is the first step toward empowering yourself to do so.


This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be both a Mexican citizen AND a resident of the State of Sonora.
  • Be age 21 to 29 on the day of the application announcement.
  • Hold a valid passport.
  • Be able to interview in English.
  • Have a positive and proactive attitude.
  • Have no U.S. immigration issues.

Program Components

During this fifteen-week program, you will work full-time Monday through Thursday in a professional setting at an internship. Each Friday, you'll attend classes, workshops and site visits that will help you develop professional skills and prepare you for a career in civic and global engagement.

Additionally you will:

  • Participate in hands-on service learning and social responsibility projects.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how you can apply what you learn here to solve challenges at home.
  • Create a portfolio to showcase what you've learned from your immersive learning experience in Washington D.C.

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Program Cost

This is a fully funded internship program sponsored by the government of the state of Sonora, Mexico. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program and housing. You will be responsible for airfare, living and local transportation expenses.

Housing and Living

The community you become a part of is one the best things about The Washington Center. You never know what will spark a conversation that turns a roommate from halfway around the globe to a lifelong friend. You might come for an internship, but you’ll be amazed by what you can learn from a late night burger run.

We don't like to brag, but our neighborhood, NoMa, is one of the coolest and 'most connected' neighborhoods in D.C. You'll be in the middle of it all with easy access wherever you need to go.


Most student interns share a 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment with three other students in our modern academic and residential building. We'll provide everything you need, most of what you'll want and even some perks you might not have expected (like tips on where to find that burger at 2am).

Each apartment is fully furnished and includes:

  • a full dining set (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee maker and toaster)
  • refrigerator
  • microwave 
  • dishwasher
  • iron and ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and broom
  • washer and dryer
  • wi-fi and cable

What to Pack

Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • linens including twin-sized sheets, towels, a blanket/comforter and pillows
  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • at least three business professional outfits
  • notebook and pens
  • clothes hangers

Once you’ve arrived we recommend you purchase these additional items: 

  • cleaning supplies
  • dishwasher and laundry detergent
  • toilet paper and paper towels
  • groceries

Due to limited storage we cannot accept packages in advance of your check-in date.

Student Services

We give you your space, but we don't leave you totally on your own. Our student services team and alumni mentors make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. And our disability services staff ensures that every student has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the program.

Non-US Citizens

The Washington Center is a designated J-1 Visa sponsor by the U.S. State Department and sponsors a J-1 Visa for international students attending or recently graduated from a university in a foreign country. Once you’re accepted into The Washington Center’s program, you’ll be given details for how to secure your J-1 Visa. Special provisions may be available for Canadian citizens.

International students enrolled in U.S. universities with a valid F-1 visa can participate in TWC’s programs with their current visa as long as they remain enrolled in the university and their visa is valid until the last day of The Washington Center’s program or beyond. Please contact the home institution for further information.

J-1 Visa Requirements

In order to obtain a J-1 Visa, you must be accepted into one of our programs and:

  • Be enrolled in a foreign degree- or certificate-granting university outside the United States OR have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the program start date. Alternatively, you may have a degree or professional certificate from a foreign university and at least one year of work experience in your field.
  • Know English well enough to perform successfully in the program.
  • Plan to leave the United States within 30 days after completion of the program.

Once you have been accepted into our program and placed at an internship site, The Washington Center will send you the DS-2019 and DS-7002 forms along with other important materials.

Health Insurance

All J-1 Visa participants must certify that they have a valid health insurance policy for the entire duration of the program to comply with State Department requirements. You will need to bring proof of insurance with you when you come to the United States to provide to The Washington Center.

Your policy must include:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness.
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000.
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation to your home country in the amount of $50,000.
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

An insurance policy secured to meet the benefits requirements must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above. Alternatively, the policy may be backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country.

How to Apply

We're not currently accepting applications for this seminar. Please check back soon for more information.

If you're not quite ready to apply or are interested in learning more about The Washing Center and programs we offer please submit a Request For Information below.


Dates and Deadlines

  • Check-In: January 24, 2018
  • Orientation: January 24–26, 2018
  • Internship Begins: January 29, 2018
  • Internship Ends: May 4, 2018
  • Check-Out: May 5, 2018

Stay tuned for more information about the application deadline for Spring 2019.

Application Documents

You need to submit the following documents along with your pre-qualification form:

  • Resumé
  • Letter of Intention
  • One-page Social Project Proposal: please submit an idea for an innovative and viable project that improves the quality of life and the civic commitment of Sonoran communities. During the program, you'll develop the project for implementation when you return to Mexico.

You need to submit the following documents along with your online application (finalists only):

  • Copy of Official Transcript or College Degree
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter of English Level Test
  • Copy of valid Mexican Passport
  • Proof of Sonoran Residence


You can view TWC's Internship Policies here, which includes information on student conduct, billing, grades, and much more. All students will be expected to follow these policies so we encourage you to review them.