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Mentored Field Practicum



Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the US 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 for your future. When you join the Washington Mentorship Program, this can happen!

WMP students participate in a Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) where students intern two days a week and meet as a class once a week or once every other week. Your MFP professor serves as your mentor—and guides you on academic matters and in your practicum.

In your MFP class, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. Additionally, you meet with your professor regularly in one-on-one meetings to discuss your experience. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and contacts necessary to maximize your education and your knowledge of DC as a learning laboratory as well as a world-class city.

Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits your interests. WMP students are given the tools to secure 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 in June and July. Students are then given access to the 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 Fair, 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.

Here is just a small selection of the Mentored Field Practicum organizations of the fall 2016 class:

  • 1776 Startup Incubator
  • AARP
  • American Red Cross
  • Black Student Fund
  • Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Embassy of Panama
  • EmeraldPlanet & The EmeraldPlanet TV
  • First Book Publisher Relations
  • InterFather Conference of Metropolitan Washington
  • IONA Senior Services
  • Library of Congress
  • Mil Mujeres Legal Services
  • National Museum of the United States Navy
  • PBS' To the Contrary
  • Republican National Committee
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Spina Bifida Association
  • St. Columba's Nursery School
  • US Department of Justice
  • US Small Business Administration
  • Youth for Understanding


“Getting an internship as a freshman is probably one of the best things you can do when it comes to college. The work experience is so rewarding and helpful.”
Pooja Mathur, WMP 2014

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would like to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.