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Your Future Success Starts Here

Imagine spending three days a week at BBC News or at the Human Rights Campaign, or even at the US Senate. 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. In addition to dedicated faculty and advisors, small classes, and special programming, AU Cornerstone is the only opportunity for first-year students to intern or study abroad.

Program Benefits

  • Earn credits to satisfy AU Core and major requirements

  • Graduate on time with the class of 2025

  • 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-only events, designed to help you navigate DC.

One Enriching Program-Two Ways to Experience It!

Cornerstone DC (Intern & Learn)
Cornerstone UK (Study Abroad)

Compare Programs

Here's a preview of what your internship or study abroad semester will look like.

"Compare Programs: Washington, DC & Bath, England"
  Washington, DC Bath, England
Location Washington, DC Bath, England with AU partner Bath Spa University
Students 120 20
Dates Coming soon Coming soon
Credits 12.5  12.5
Experiential Internship Experience in DC Study Abroad
Site Visits Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Memorial Museum London, Stonehenge
AU Core Courses
  • Complex Problems
  • College Writing
  • The American University Experience
  • College Writing
  • The American University Experience
Elective/Major Courses  
  • Internship Class
 BSU courses:
  • Economics and Globalization
  • BSU elective courses
Housing Living Learning Community residence hall with full access to AU's services and student clubs Flat-style living on BSU's campus and access to BSU student services and clubs