Disadvantaged students in the metropolitan area may receive financial assistance while pursuing a graduate degree in either public administration or urban planning through a federally funded program being administered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Students will be given practical experience in their fields of study by serving internships with local planning or public administration offices.

To participate in the work-study program a student must be financially needy and a member of one of the following groups: American Indian, Blacks, Asian, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan native or low income people.

A student must also be enrolled full-time in an urban planning or public administration program at Howard University, George Washington University, American University, Catholic University, the University of the District of Columbia or the University of Maryland at College Park.

Students must be able to maintain good academic standing while participating in the internship program, and be able to participate in an internship with a local planning or public administration agency for at least 12 hours per week.

To obtain an application packet to participate in the program, contact Roy S. Wynn Jr. at the Council of Governments at (202) 223-6800, ext. 356. The deadline to return completed applications is 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31.