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Internship Database

Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) students have access to the School of Professional & Extended Studies Internship Database—the largest of its kind focusing on internships in the Washington, D.C. area. With over 3,000 internships in the database, many employers specifically turn to the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University and GPS for their semester interns.View a sample list of past internship locations.This file requires Adobe Acrobat.

Students gain access to the Internship Database after they have submitted their deposit and as early as April for the fall semester and October for the spring semester. Graduate Professional Studies staff is available assist with resume reviews and navigating the many internship and career resources available at American University. While our staff and faculty will assist with your internship search, you are responsible for applying to internships through the Internship Database or through external resources. That being said, please let us know your interests as Washington, D.C. is a city that runs on who you know and our faculty and staff are well connected, and may just know someone who can assist you in securing that dream internship experience!


Students who apply to the Graduate Professional Studies fall or spring semester by the first round application deadline are eligible for priority internships. Priority internships refer to a select number of internships the School of Professional & Extended Studies has created in conjunction with area organizations. Please note: all students enrolled in Graduate Professional Studies and who choose the internship component, in place of the research option, regardless of deposit date are assisted in finding an internship in their field.

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Quote from a student

“I interned at the Campaign for America’s Future and I was given substantive work which included bill summaries and analysis about current pieces of legislation. If you want to intern in Washington, DC, there is no better program to participate in.”
GPS Student, Fall 2011