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SOC Dean’s Internships Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why should I apply for a Dean's Internship? What's the benefit to me?

Students selected for Dean's Internships earn professional bylines and production credits under national brands, are featured with first-person profiles on SOC's website, and become SOC's "external ambassadors" to strengthen ties with SOC strategic partners. SOC features Dean's Interns on our website, providing ongoing testimonial to the internship that many other internship programs lack. Many Dean's Interns find their experience to be the first steps toward full-time employment, with some job offers coming directly out of Dean's Internships. Back to list


What makes a Dean's Internship different from any other internship?

Dean's Internships are offered through SOC's Strategic Partnerships office as one piece of SOC's relationships with key partners. They were developed to benefit both SOC students and the organization, by creating direct pipelines for SOC students to high-quality internships with national brands. Once students have applied to a Dean's Internship, they are faculty reviewed, and 3-5 top candidates (those who best meet the requirements for the position) are sent on to the organization for review. The organization then chooses the best fit for the position.

Additionally, Dean's Internship experiences are promoted by SOC. Dean's Interns are asked to provide a bio, headshot, action photo of themselves on the job, and first-person account of their internship for this promotion. Back to list

 

What is the best way to apply? Can I apply directly to the organization?

You should apply online through AU CareerWeb (https://american-csm.symplicity.com/students/). You can find all open Dean's Internships by searching "SOC Dean's Internship" once logged in. Once you have applied, applications are reviewed by faculty. Following this, the candidates that most closely meet the position's qualifications are sent on to the organization for review. Back to list

 

I submitted my application online. Now what?

Once you have submitted your application online, you should receive an email confirming receipt from Kim Husted, Dean's Intern Coordinator. Once you have applied, applications are reviewed by faculty. Following this, the candidates that most closely meet the position's qualifications are sent on to the organization for review. The organization will contact applicants directly for an interview. Back to list

 

What is the review process? How long does it take?

Once you have applied, applications are reviewed by faculty. Following this, the candidates that most closely meet the position's qualifications are sent on to the organization for review. The organization will contact applicants directly for an interview.

Review time can vary, but it often takes at least two weeks before students hear back for interviews. Back to list

 

How many students apply for a Dean's Internship?

This varies greatly depending on the specific internship. However, there are generally less applicants per position through the Dean's Internship program than through traditional application methods for these prestigious internships. Back to list

 

I would like to follow up on my submitted application for a status update. How do I do this?

You should contact Kim Husted, the Dean's Intern Coordinator. You can reach her at kimh@american.edu, 202-885-2220, or by dropping by MGC 302. Back to list

 

I am a sophomore an interested in applying for a Dean's Internship, but all the positions state they are for juniors, seniors, or graduate students. Can I still apply?

Dean's Internships are only open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. If you are not yet a junior, but will be once the internship starts, you may still apply.  Contact Kim Husted (kimh@american.edu) if this is the case, and she will help you apply. Back to list

 

Are all Dean's Internships the same? Are they always offered every semester?  

Because a Dean's Internship is based on the organization's needs, no two internships are exactly the same. While we try to offer ongoing opportunities with many institutions, sometimes their needs may change, which may change the internships offered. Back to list

 

When are Dean's Internships posted for each semester? When can I apply?

That depends on when the opportunities are finalized with the organization. Often, the internships are posted mid-way through the term prior to the internship term (Oct-Nov for spring internships, for example). However, it's possible that a partner will determine an opportunity last-minute, and we will post that at the beginning of the semester. Back to list

 

Do you automatically get academic credit for a Dean's Internship?

No, you do not automatically get academic credit for a Dean's Internship. As with any other internship, you need to register for academic credit. You should discuss internship credits with your academic advisor. Back to list


Are all Dean's Internships paid?

No. Some of the Dean's Internships offer hourly, weekly, or monthly wages. Others require the intern to arrange academic credit, which should be worked out with an academic advisor. Each internship announcement will specify these details. Back to list

Do you have any other questions? Feel free to contact Kim Husted, Dean's Internship Coordinator, at kimh@american.edu, 202-885-2220, or drop by MGC 302.