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Your Future Success Starts Here

Imagine interning at the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the American Enterprise Institute, or in the US Congress. Or imagine living abroad using an international city and cultural excursions as an extension of your classroom.

American University’s Cornerstone Program is an enriching opportunity to jump start your professional career or international education. Students get to choose between 1 of our 3 year-long programs: the D.C. internship program, a study abroad program in Madrid during their Fall semester (for SIS Scholars only), or a study abroad program in Greece during their Spring semester. In addition to dedicated faculty and advisors, and special programming, AU Cornerstone is the only opportunity for first-year students to intern or study abroad. American University is also only one of a handful of univerisities in the United States that allow first year students to study abroad or do an internship for credit.

Program Benefits

  • Earn credits to satisfy AU Core and major requirements.

  • Graduate on time with the class of 2028.

  • Develop close relationships with other students and faculty.

  • Access all campus resources.
  • Live with other students in the University College Living-Learning Community. Grow through shared experiences. Enjoy LLC and Cornerstone events, designed to help you navigate DC.

Read About Our Incredible Student Experiences!

Cornerstone Madrid, DC, and Greece programs

Cornerstone Webinar Recording

If you have any questions about the Cornerstone Abroad or Cornerstone D.C. programs after watching the recording, please email us at

2023-24 Internship Experiences!