While Hispanics account for the bulk of HNIP interns, the program is open to anyone.
Federal agencies participating in HNIP include the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Census Bureau.
Federal agencies pay HNIP, which then finds housing and provides stipends.
In a survey of past HNIP participants at the program's 15th anniversary, about 40 percent of respondents said they found federal government jobs or other employment in Washington.
HNIP is not the only internship program offering MSI students an opportunity to gain Washington experience.