I was a student on a Gap Year before going to ... University of Chicago

I already knew I wanted to come to DC, find an internship, and take classes, and the AU Gap Program offered all three of those things. It was also one of the few programs I could find that focused on pre-college gap students, and it gave me the chance to experience college life in more of a transitional way.

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The AU Gap Program allows me to feel like I'm growing academically...

I wanted the first half of my gap year to feel productive and partially academic. The AU Gap Program allows me to feel like I'm growing academically with classroom-based learning, but also gaining real world knowledge through my internship and the cosmopolitan environment and opportunities that surround me.

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Shape a Future of Success

AU Gap offers an academic and internship experience in our nation's capital, providing the perfect springboard to develop a foundation for future academic and career success.

AU Gap is designed for students who are finishing high school early or for those who are taking time or want a different experience before transitioning to college. We based the AU Gap Program on our hallmark Washington Semester Program - a leader in providing internships for more than 70 years.

Key Benefits

  • Attend a semester seminar in American Politics, International Affairs, or Global Business
  • Visit nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses
  • Meet with local, national, and global experts
  • Receive one-on-one support with developing a resume, writing cover letters, and cultivating interview skills
  • Intern at a D.C. organization
  • Gain insight to determine a course of study or career avenue
  • Recent internship sites
    • Council of Economic Advisors
    • DC Commission on the Arts
    • Democratic National Committee
    • Department of Education
    • National Geographic Society
    • Peace Corps
    • Red Cross
    • Republican National Committee
    • Senate Foreign Relations Committee
    • US House of Representatives
  • Live on AU's campus
  • Join clubs and organizations
  • Earn college credit and have a college transcript at the end of your Gap experience

Challenge Yourself

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Students, faculty, and staff describe the breadth of the AU Gap Program.

American University's Gap Program is proud to be accredited by the American Gap Association.