Working and engaging in internships and other professional development opportunities can be great ways to make the most of your time at AU. Whether you work on campus or intern at an organization in downtown DC, you may have an opportunity for challenging and rewarding experiential education.
Make the most of campus resources
Use your designated career center for guidance with resume building, cover letter writing, and interviewing.
- AU Career Center (for students in CAS, SIS, SPA, SOC)
- Kogod Center for Career Development
- WCL, Office of Career & Professional Development
- Washington Semester Program Students
Get authorization before beginning any employment
This includes internships for credit, whether it is paid or unpaid. The Department of Labor’s definition of “employment” is very broad and many unpaid internships or positions advertised as "volunteer" fall outside of the true definition of volunteer activity. This means you need appropriate work authorization before starting the position. If there is any confusion as to whether your off-campus opportunity is employment or volunteer work please stop by the ISSS office to speak with an advisor.
If you are planning to volunteer or engage in a non-credit bearing unpaid internship, please review the "Volunteering in the US" PDF. Ensure that the position meets the six-factor criteria outlined in the PDF to truly qualify as volunteer. Please speak with an immigration attorney if you need any further legal advice.