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Washington Semester Summer Internship Program

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Summer Internship Program students at the Newseum

Join us this summer for the Washington Semester Summer Internship Program, a unique academic and experiential learning opportunity that provides students the skills and knowledge to become active and immediate participants in a competitive job market.

Our innovative classes, expert instruction, guest speakers, site visits, and immersive assignments enable you to learn about professional and personal opportunities that have shaped the careers of our graduates for over 60 years. Learn from AU professors along with prominent experts and leaders in government, international affairs, non-profit and media organizations. Visit key organizations and experience international culture in Washington D.C. Discuss current events in active-learning style classes with students from all over the country. Witness first-hand how non-profits, businesses, government agencies and international organizations turn theory into practice.

Become career-ready by interning in D.C. Through your internship, you will gain practical knowledge in your field and gain valuable, hands-on experience to help you stand out in today’s job market. Our staff provides expert advice on acquiring an internship before your arrival. Return to your home institution with new and valuable connections to professionals in your field, a stronger résumé enhanced with real-world experience, and academic credit toward your undergraduate degree. 

With its history and culture, D.C. is a learning laboratory unto itself. Nearly 30% of the area’s population is composed of people age 20-34, making the District buzz with youthful energy and excitement. Boasting a thriving arts scene, international diversity, plus numerous monuments and museums, Forbes ranked D.C. #1 in their 2014 list of America’s coolest cities.

"The American University Summer Internship Program changed me for the better. I could feel myself growing as a writer everyday under the guidance of my editors. I covered everything from new legislation to congressional hearings to Supreme Court rulings. My journalism class re-enforced the skills and resources I needed for my internship. Even when I wasn't at class or my internship, I was exploring the city and learning how to take care of myself as an adult. I can honestly say after returning to my home college, I was more organized and revitalized for my senior year."

Emma Ginader, WSSIP 2014