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The Gap Program provides a platform for ambitious and diverse learners to explore headline topics from a distinctly DC perspective. 

During the semester you can expect to meet with engaging guest speakers. These experts are the leaders in their field, those impacting students’ lives today.

Each semester in the Gap Program you will have a professional internship, an internship course, and a headline topic seminar. You also have the option to enroll in an American University elective --  for a total of either 7 or 10 credits. Students can enroll for fall, spring or both semesters in an academic year.


Supplementing the professional internship experience, you will participate in an internship course, which focuses on the key skills you need to land an internship and become a successful employee in today's workplace. You will use these same skills to secure your first job out of college and beyond.

Led by an experienced American University instructor, this course enables you to have a successful experience at your internship, as it provides a forum for exploring common challenges and opportunities in the workplace, including goal setting, job responsibilities, communication with co-workers, and diversity in the workplace.

Following is the seminar being offered during the Fall 2021 semester:

Managing the Pandemic in Globalized Societies

Not since the 1918 Flu Pandemic have the fields of international relations, public health, and global business and economics come into such a degree of overlap and interdependency. How did the political and diplomatic actions of China, the U.S., and other world powers influence the spread of COVID-19 across the globe? How has the public understanding of medical science impacted trade and the global economy? How will the innovation of science and industry prepare us to recover from markets and industries thrust into steep depression? This course will explore the complex consequences and intersections brought about by a global pandemic through lectures, guest speakers from the various fields, and critical analysis.

Students can enroll in an AU elective course in addition to their Gap coursework. Your academic advisor will review course selections during the registration process to ensure that electives do not conflict with your Gap course or internship schedule.

** Please note that enrolling in an optional AU elective will impact student tuition. See the Tuition and Costs page for more details. **


Please note that the University reserves the right to make program/subject cancellations and changes or substitutions in cases of enrollment interests or changed conditions in the interest of the group.