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DC MFP Countdown

Cornerstone DC is a perfect opportunity to pursue MFP based on your intended major or area of interest. Your engagement prior to the start of your MFP semester is vital to your success in securing placement.

Fall Semester MFP

June

Prepare your resume and cover letter with assistance from AU staff.
Take a sneak peek at our MFP database.

July

Conduct your MFP search.
We have thousands of placement leads.
Apply to your top 10 sites.
Succeed in your interview with our expert guidance.

August

Orientation in DC
The MFP Fair (last chance to secure placement)
Our professional support is designed to help you manage a professional setting.

Spring Semester MFP

November

Prepare your resume and cover letter with assistance from AU staff.
Take a sneak peek at our MFP database.

December

Conduct your search.
We have thousands of placement leads.
Apply to your top 10 sites.
Succeed in your interview with our expert guidance.

January

The MFP Fair (last chance to secure secure placement)
Our professional support is designed to help you manage a professional setting.

FAQ'S

Cornerstone DC is part of the AU University College living-learning community (LLC) that combines the best elements of college life—meeting new people, residence hall living, studying with top-notch professors—with a MFP experience. Joining the Cornerstone DC community helps you make the most of your first year, which focuses on professional growth and development.

AU Cornerstone has between 150 – 170 students. Deposits are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Here is a breakdown of program costs. The tuition, housing, meal plans, and student fees are the same rates as other undergraduate students living and dining on the AU campus. Additional expenses may include food (eaten off campus), transportation to/from Washington, DC for the semester, books and school supplies, entertainment and social activity expenses.

The Cornerstone program is reserved for full time, first year degree-seeking students at AU; therefore, financial aid is available for those who qualify and may be applied to this program. For information about financing options, consult with your university financial aid counselor.

The American Payment Plan (APP) is available to Cornerstone program students. An alternative to paying in full at the start of term, the APP divides the fall and spring semester balance into convenient, interest-free monthly payments. For information, call AU Central at 202-885-8000. Set up an online payment plan.

AU Courses provide students the opportunity for active learning, collaboration, teamwork, and interactive discussions. More information on the program courses is available on the curriculum webpage.

International students in F-1 immigration status are eligible for on-campus professional learning placements for 20 hours/week as part of Cornerstone’s Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) class. Note that international students in F-1 immigration status are NOT eligible for off-campus placements and therefore receive special support to confirm on-campus MFP placements. After one academic year of full-time AU enrollment, students are eligible for off campus employment and/or internships through Curricular Practical Training.

There are no prerequisites. Your MFP experience will be three days each week. The MFP is graded – comprised of the practicum supervisor evaluation (one at mid-term and one at the end of semester; 40% of the final grade) and the MFP professor's course grade (60% of the final grade).

You are given the tools to secure placement on your own, with guidance from your MFP professor and the Director of Experiential Education, Amy Morrill Bijeau.

You will work with program staff to create and finalize your resume and cover letter. Then, you are given access to the MFP database, which has thousands of placement leads exclusively available for our students.

You will attend the MFP Fair, where you can meet with over 100 organizations. In addition, you also work with your MFP professor and Amy Morrill Bijeau to develop search criteria and strategies to secure placement.

You can research, interview, and obtain a placement in a variety of fields. In the past, students have had placements with Congressional Offices, lobbyists, nonprofits, veterinarian offices, art companies, research institutions, and businesses. The type of activities completed varies from position to position.

After securing an internship, you and your supervisor will create and sign an Experiential Learning Form (ELF), which guarantees that 85% of job responsibilities will be substantial (meaning it should not only be coffee runs or making copies). While these tasks may sometimes occur, your experience should provide insight into a particular field.

The Experiential Learning Form is reviewed and signed by your supervisor and MFP professor.

See what some of our students have done in the past.

You will start to make contacts, build skills, and gain real-world experience. Placements are across multiple areas of interest ranging from politics and social justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, business, the arts, and sciences.

You have access to the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) on AU's campus. ASAC can be reached by phone at 202-885-3360. More information about ASAC accommodations and services is available online.

New requests for accommodation should follow the Three-Step process.

You have full access to all AU facilities and activities. These include computer labs, library, fitness centers, resource centers, clubs, campus events including noteworthy speakers.

First-year resident students, are not allowed to bring cars. Under special circumstances, students may be granted permission, but this must be arranged with campus transportation services.

First-year students living on-campus are required to have a minimum of 175-block meal plan each semester. However, you may opt to have a larger 200, 225, or 250-block meal plans. Commuter students (living off-campus) are not required to have a meal plan.

You have access to the Student Health Center, located on AU’s campus. DC law states that all students must have health insurance - through their parents or through AU. If you have insurance by way of your parent's plan or your own, you can waive AU Health Insurance through your myAU.american.edu portal. More information about the Student Health Center and insurance requirements is available on the website.

Housing & Residence Life at AU will assign students to their cohort floors. Students in living-learning communities will room with other students in the same cohort.