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Summer Internship Program: Journalism & New Media

AU and the Associated Press awarded their first foreign internship to David Coffey, a journalism grad student. Photo by Wally Santana (AP)

Program Includes:

  • Journalism & New Media Internship in Washington, DC (4 days per week)
  • Seminar in Journalism and New Media (3 credits)
  • Optional Research Project on the topic of your choosing (3 credits)
  • Faculty hold academic appointments in the School of Communication
  • Housing with American University or you can make your own independent housing arrangements

The Program in Journalism & New Media   

This program allows you to become fully immersed into the wide array of media that Washington DC has to offer. This immersion provides you with a conceptual and practical understanding of the use of new media and strategic communication within the digital age. During our seminar, you'll meet and debate with some of the most prominent professionals in the field. You'll then take what you have learned and test your knowledge in a real-world environment through an internship in Washington. If you wish to investigate a topic you are passionate about in-depth, you can do the optional research project using interviews and other resources found only in Washington. This program helps to prepare you for the professional world of strategic communication, and facilitates valuable connections in the field.

The Internship in Journalism & New Media

We have a large database of internships available only to Summer Internship Program participants. Your internship will allow you to build your résumé, provide you with experience that can distinguish you from the competition, and help you open doors to the career you've always wanted.

Sample of our Internships:

  • C-SPAN
  • Fox 5 News
  • Newsday Sports America, Ins.
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Hardball with Chris Mathews, MSNBC
  • National Public Radio
  • Special Olympics
  • The Washington Post
  • ABC Radio
  • CBS News, "60 Minutes"
  • BBC- Washington Bureau
  • Environment Communications (PR)
  • National Geographic Television and Film
  • American Psychological Society, Communications
  • American Association of Political Consultants
  • Brookings Institute, Office of Communication
  • The Hill Newspaper
  • Market News International
  • Center for Independent Media
  • Peace Corps – Press Office
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Embassy of Greece, Press and Communication
  • Langhart Communications (Media Training / Consulting)
  • ABC News, "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"
  • USA Weekend Magazine
  • Voice of America
  • NBC Washington
  • CNN

The Seminar in Journalism & New Media

You'll experience a unique learning environment in our New Media & Journalism Seminar. Instead of learning solely from a text book, you'll meet with seasoned communications professionals who will share their insights with you. This gives you valuable real-world knowledge and a comprehensive look into the field.

Sample Seminar Topics:

  • The First Amendment and Journalism
  • Local News Reporting
  • National News Coverage
  • Wire Services: The Old and The New
  • Covering Politics on the Hill
  • How the Press Corps Tracks Policy and Political Power Brokers
  • How Think Tankers and Public Policy Wonks Interact with the Press
  • Broadcast media: Radio and Television News
  • News writing for Print Media
  • The Legal Beat: Investigative Reporting and the Courts
  • Foreign Correspondents and State Bureaus
  • How Special Interest Groups Use the Press and How the Press Uses Them
  • The Evolving Face of Journalism: From Back-Alley Beat Reporting to Cyberspace
  • Ethics in Journalism

The Research Project in Journalism & New Media (Optional)

Washington DC is the perfect place to conduct research. For this optional research project, you have the opportunity and the access to go out into Washington and personally gather the information you are seeking. You'll get to investigate issues by conducting interviews with the professionals around Washington or going to the source itself, such as an NGO (non-government organization) that calls Washington its home. The topic of your research project should reflect what you're passionate about and encourage critical thinking to help you become a specialist in your field