"This was the experience of my life. . . I met some life-long friends, learned a lot about working in the real world, and I have a better understanding of my career goals. This truly is an incredible program!" -Laura Donovan, University of Arizona, Print and Broadcast Journalism
Spend a summer in the power capital of the world, gaining professional experience and academic credit. For more than 60 years, the School of Professional & Extended Studies Washington Semester Program has been providing bright, ambitious students the learning opportunity of a lifetime. Students gain hands-on skills interning full time for a professional organization in Washington, D.C., and augment their experiences through a seminar in their field of study that meets one half-day per week.
Taught by an American University faculty member, the seminar gives students an overview of their area of interest from a Washington perspective through interactive sessions introducing students to important decision makers and practitioners. Internships are available in many fields, including national government and politics, foreign policy and international affairs, economic policy and international business, justice and law, and journalism and new media. Students will be paired with a placement coordinator who will guide them in polishing their résumés and improving their interview skills.
WINS offers American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students as well as others the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, D.C. This enriching program provides qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations.
Participants gain professional work experience through internships at a private firm or a federal agency, such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, or Department of Agriculture; take courses focusing on Native American public policy concerns; and enjoy social and cultural extracurricular activities.