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Mentored Field Practicum

In Cornerstone DC, you will gain substantive real-world experience in the workplace. You will expand your network and acquire valuable knowledge that gives you an edge to compete in the job market. 

*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.

Professional Training

Step 1: Resume & Cover Letter

We work with you to develop a professional resume and cover letter to optimize your work, volunteer history, and academic achievements.

Step 2: Interview Training

From an elevator pitch to practice questions to mock interviews and dress code, we provide group training and individual coaching.

Step 3: Secure an Internship

Our Experiential Education Director helps students engage with hundreds of DC employers. Every semester the program hosts an on-site fair and students have access to a database of over 3,000 active opportunities.

Step 4: Ongoing Support

We engage with you throughout the semester, preparing you for what to expect in the workplace and providing solutions to challenges you may face.

Cornerstone Students Develop Real-World Skills

In the Cornerstone Program, students see firsthand how policies are made or how organizations are run. They build a professional network while developing the skills employers are seeking. These skills and professional work habits build students’ confidence and motivation.