AU Gap Program
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American University’s Gap Program will provide you with an enriching experience in Washington, D.C. You will build a foundation for academic and professional success, while focusing on skills that can be applied later in college and a career. This program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are taking a year off before starting college.
This is how it works: You have the option to enroll in a single semester (either fall or spring semester) or take a year-long program. Each semester you will enroll in one program track comprised of an internship experience and a seminar course. Each semester, you will earn 7-credits.
You will have an enriching academic and internship immersion experience in Washington, D.C.!
From day one, you start to build a foundation for academic and career success because the AU Gap experience focus on skills that you can use later in academics or a professional career.
Our Gap Program seminar classes are learning laboratories — taking full advantage of Washington, D.C. The classes are interactive sessions led by a professor who will introduce you to local, national, and global experts. You will participate in site visits to area nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses. Classes are two days per week.
You will spend three days each week at an internship with a D.C. area organization. This experience can impact your understanding of world issues or guide your decision of what to study later at college. During this process, AU professors serve as mentors; and throughout the semester, you will read professional articles, write papers, keep a journal, and meet regularly with your professor to discuss the internship experience.
You will live on the AU campus and have access to AU campus resources. In addition, since this is an academic and experiential learning program, as you leave AU, you will have an AU transcript to take with you for possible transfer to another college program.