Where will you intern? Washington Semester Program

Summer Application Deadline: Friday, March 31 Wondering about internship success, housing, tuition, scholarships & more? Register for Thursday's info session to get the A to Z's of what it's like to intern, live and have fun in DC!

DC is Our Classroom

Unlock your potential with American University's Washington Semester Program. Experience a life-changing journey that will empower you with newfound self-confidence, connect you to influential leaders and decision makers, and equip you with the skills to make a meaningful impact in the world. 

For over 75 years, our program has set the gold standard for DC internships and immersive seminars in the dynamic heart of our nation's capital. Join our prestigious community of 50,000+ alumni and become a part of our rich legacy of excellence.

We Support You Every Step of the Way!

  • DC Internships - Our Proven Method: Our step-by-step approach to internships in DC is tried and tested. We help you land and succeed at your internship. You'll gain lifelong professional skills that will give you a competitive advantage in landing your first job after graduation. Our internship coaches and DC insider faculty offer comprehensive support and training from start to finish.
    • 1:1 Internship Coaching on resumes, cover letters, interview prep, and more!
    • 4,000+ placement opportunities in our extensive internship database
    • internship success training like how to hone your communication skills, help you manage your supervisor, and inspire you to demonstrate initiative at your internship.
  • WSP Seminars Offer VIP AccessWSP seminars provide VIP access to some of the most influential people in the world. You'll access 15+ site visits and guest speakers to engage with respected decision makers and experts from organizations such as:
    • Capitol Hill
    • the State Department
    • World Bank
    • Google
  • Explore the Sights & Sounds of DC  Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Washington, DC, by visiting world-renowned museums, galleries, and iconic monuments. Savor the diverse culinary scene, catch a show at a historic theater, or take a leisurely stroll through the city's many picturesque parks and neighborhoods.
  • Live in Luxury Apartments: Our luxury apartments offer downtown locations with a wide range of world-class amenities, such as a rooftop pool, athletics facility, in-suite washer/dryer, and stainless steel appliances. Step out of your apartment and find yourself at the heart of everything DC has to offer.
  • Attend a World-Class University: Your courses are taught by distinguished American University faculty who have extensive networks in politics, international relations, business, and other fields of interest. You'll access all university services and resources like events with public figures and influencers, 150+ clubs and organizations, mental wellness services. And finally by participating in the program, you'll become an American University alum!

Upcoming Events

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Free Career Coaching Workshops

This Week's Sessions:

  • Optimize Your Internship Search
  • Interview Like a Pro
  • WSP Express Info Session

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What's it like to intern in DC?


Meet Washington Semester student Kaycie Goral who is interning for the NPR show 1A.

Internship Supervisors Say WSP Interns Shine!


Emira Woods, Senior Adviser at Shine Campaign pays tribute to her WSP intern.

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