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Brandeis Midyears in the Washington Mentorship Program: FAQ

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  • Washington Mentorship Program
    202-895-4936
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    mentorship@american.edu

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WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR RESERVING A SPOT?

The priority deadline for reserving a spot in the program is May 1, 2015, and the final deadline is May 8, 2015. Please note that space is limited; we can only enroll a limited number of students.

To reserve a spot, students will need to complete an application form and submit a $600 deposit. Please return the completed application form to mentorship@american.edu and also send us a copy of the high school transcript.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM?

We will enroll applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

CAN I STILL DOUBLE MAJOR?

This is something that students will want to discuss with their academic advisor at Brandeis.

WHO WILL BE THE PROFESSORS?

The Mentorship professors are full-time, American University faculty with appointments to the School of Professional and Extended Studies. Professors teaching Intercultural Understanding may also teach for AU's School of International Service. Professors teaching Politics in the US may also teach for AU’s School of Public Affairs or other academic units. In addition, College Writing, mathematics, and statistics professors hold appointments in the College of Arts & Sciences.

WHAT ARE THE COURSES LIKE?

There are two seminar courses for Brandeis students: Intercultural Understanding and Politics in the U.S. Intercultural Understanding meets once a week and is a combination of lecture, discussion, and guest speakers. Politics in the U.S. is a two-part course. It is a combination of lecture, discussion, and guest speakers.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET FOR THE PRACTICUM?

There are no prerequisites for the Mentored Field Practicum.

HOW ARE STUDENTS PLACED IN THEIR MENTORED FIELD PRACTICUM (INTERNSHIP)?

WMP does not place students in internships; 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 course of the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes. Students are then given access to the SPExS Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the DC area. Students are highly encouraged to start applying to internships posted in the database over the summer.

On the first day of class, students attend the school’s Internship Bazaar, where they can meet with over 100 internships sites. Finally, students also work with the WMP office and their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.

HOW DOES THE MFP EXPERIENCE HELP MENTORSHIP STUDENTS?

Mentorship students will start to make contacts, build credentials, and gain real-world experience through the mentored field practicum. Internships are available in areas of interest ranging from politics and justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, and arts & sciences.

HOW WILL CREDITS TRANSFER?

Credits received will transfer with students to Brandeis. All electives must be pre-approved by Brandeis and students must earn a minimum grade of C- in their classes.

WMP grades will not appear on the Brandeis transcript or factor in to the student’s Brandeis GPA.

Who can I contact at Brandeis University?

You can contact Darren Gallant, Study Abroad Advisor. You can reach Darren by phone at 781-736-3483 or by email at gallantd@brandeis.edu.

CAN MENTORSHIP STUDENTS USE AU STUDENT SERVICES?

Mentorship students will have full access to all AU facilities and activities. These include computer labs, library, fitness centers, resource centers, clubs, speakers, campus events, etc.

CAN MENTORSHIP STUDENTS BRING CARS?

Mentorship students, like other resident student, are not allowed to bring cars. Under special circumstances, students may be granted permission, but this must be arranged with campus transportation services.

IS IT MANDATORY TO HAVE A MEAL PLAN?

All students living on-campus are required to have a minimum 175-block meal plan. However, students may opt to have a larger 200, 225, or 250-block meal plans. Students living off-campus are not required to have a meal plan.

WHAT ARE THE STUDENT HEALTH CARE OPTIONS?

Mentorship students have access to AU's Student Health Center located on campus. D.C. law states that all students must have health insurance - through their parents or through AU. If a student has insurance by way of their parent’s plan, they can waive AU Health Insurance through their myAU.american.edu portal. More information about the Student Health Center and insurance requirements can be found here.

HOW WILL FALL SEMESTER HOUSING ASSIGNMENTS BE MADE?

The Housing & Dining Programs office at AU will determine housing assignments. Students will receive roommates' names and information over the summer.

QUOTE FROM A STUDENT

“I have made a lot of friends, met wonderful professors, and now have contacts who are employers.” – Zac Oring, WMP 2013