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Brandeis Midyears in WMP: Mentored Field Practicum

Internship Information


“I interned at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. I want to be a doctor, and as the medical services intern, I dealt with medical professionals all the time.” Shamalia Khan, WMP 2013

Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the U.S. Senate. Think of its impact on your understanding of world issues, how it might change your outlook on your major, or what it could mean to your future. When you join the Mentorship program, this can happen.

Helping you along your way is an AU professor, serving as your mentor—and guiding you on academic matters and in your internship experience. Throughout the semester, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. You also meet one-on-one regularly with your professor to discuss your experience. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and contacts necessary to maximize your education and your knowledge of D.C. as a learning laboratory as well as a world-class city.

Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits. WMP students are given the tools to place themselves in an internship. Searching for an internship is a key skill developed through the practicum course. Over the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes during the month of July. Students are then given access to the SPExS Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the DC area. On the first day of class, students attend the school's Internship Bazaar, where they can meet with over 100 internship sites. Students also work with the WMP office and their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.

The fall 2014 Brandeis Midyear students worked with the following Mentored Field Practicum organizations:

  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  • Atlas Corps
  • The Communications Network
  • The Kreeger Museum
  • Parkmont School
  • Small Business Administration
  • US Senate