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UM in DC: Mentored Field Practicum



"I loved my internship. I felt as though I was really contributing to the company as a whole, and they made me feel very accepted and welcome and were always so thankful for my work...I gained a lot from my internship that can be used towards future jobs." - UM in DC 2014 Participant

Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the U.S. 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 to your future. When you join the Mentorship program, this can happen.

Helping you along your way is an AU professor, serving as your mentor—and guiding you on academic matters and in your internship. Throughout the semester, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. And, you meet one-on-one regularly with your professor to discuss your experience. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and contacts necessary to maximize your education and your knowledge of D.C. as a learning laboratory as well as a world-class city.

Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits, because we have the largest collection of offerings for internships in the D.C. area. UM in DC 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 summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes during the month of July. Students are then given access to the SPExS 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 Bazaar, where they can meet with over 100 internship sites. Students also work with the UM in DC 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 2014 class:

  • DC Preparatory Academy
  • Democratic National Committee
  • EmeraldPlanet & The EmeraldPlanet TV
  • Hispanic Link News Service
  • LIFT Communities
  • Men's Health Network
  • National Criminal Justice Association
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Republican National Committee
  • TTR Sotheby's International Realty
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • WAMU 88.5 FM
  • Washington Animal Rescue League