McCarthy Center - USF in DC Program

Application Form

Please complete this form and submit by CLICKING ON THE SUBMIT BUTTON at the bottom of the page.

Application Deadline: To apply for Spring 2020, priority deadline of March 1st deadline at 11:59pm PST. If you want to apply after this deadline, please e-mail to arrange an informational meeting about the program.

*Note: Must be a sophomore standing or higher (undergraduates only) to participate. Can apply in advance as a first-year*

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Please list any courses completed or in progress that you find relevant to this program:

II. Statement of Purpose

Read the quotes and accompanying questions below. Statements will be evaluated according to content and writing quality.

Please copy and paste or type in the box below your statement of purpose. Please proofread.

  1. "There isn't a student on this campus in any major who could not be an effective force in public decision-making if they bring to the fight a personal commitment to build a more just and humane world."- Leo T. McCarthy
    Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated a commitment to building a more humane and just world. How will this program strengthen your capacity to continue this commitment?

  2. "You need a set of convictions based on moral values and you need to be introspective every day so you're truthful with yourself about how close you are to sticking to those values." - Leo T. McCarthy
    The McCarthy Center's core values that guide our work include: diversity and inclusion, social justice, collaboration and co-determination, humility, innovation, growth and improvement, and invitational dialogue. Choose two of the values from the McCarthy Center's list of Core Values and discuss why they resonate with you. How will you incorporate them during your DC experience?

III. Writing Sample

Please submit a brief writing sample (250-500 word, 1-2pages), to Angeline Vuong, and Madeline Meininger, This can be pulled from a report or paper that you have written that expresses your creativity, ability to critically analyze, and skills in writing ability. 

IV. Resume

Please email your most recent resume to the McCarthy Center, Angeline Vuong at and Maddy Meininger at Your application will not be considered complete until your resume is received.

IV. Interview Availability

Should you be selected for an interview please select all your available time slots below. You may choose multiple:

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