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!
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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!

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We train and support you to land a DC internship. But it does not end there. We work with you throughout your internship to ensure continued success. 💼 🌐 

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Immersive Seminar and Coursework

Dive into the heart of DC with our immersive seminars. Enjoy 15+ site visits and meetings with key decision makers. We also offer traditional coursework on our 90 acre campus. 📚🤝 

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WSP Career Readiness Training

Dedicated coaches will lead workshops like "Get Hired with LinkedIn" and "Interview Like a Pro" designed to help you to succeed at your internship and future career 🚀🌟

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WSP Urban Apartment Living

Luxurious downtown apartments with world-class amenities and a 24-hour concierge desk, just a 5-minute stroll to Metro, cafes, and restaurants. 🏙️🔑 

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WSP DC Sights and Sounds

Discover the vibrant city of historic Washington, DC! Explore sights + sounds with your new BFF’s 🖼️ 🏛️

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WSP World Class University

Our program offers courses taught by AU faculty with extensive networks, granting access to university resources like events, clubs, health center, mental wellness services, and AU alum status. 🎓🌍 

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Engage + Connect

WSP Upcoming Events

Meet employers, attend free coaching workshops, and meet DC interns during program info sessions. 👥📢  

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Our alumni range from activist and actress America Ferrera to former speaker of the house Paul Ryan! Take a peek and connect with fellow alumni  👀✨

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Helpful Resources


  • Access the Internship Database
  • Employer Tools
  • Best Practicies

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Admitted Students

  • Checklist of Action Items
  • Important Dates
  • Steps to Enroll + more!

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University Partners

  • Partner Digital Resources
  • Video Student Testimonials
  • Video Employer Testimonials

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Students Tell Our Story Best

Get an insider's view into the everyday life of interns, covering topics like life as a DC intern, career readiness training, exciting coursework with site visits and guest speakers, and experiencing the vibrant sights and sounds of DC. 🏛️💼📚

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Explore the Washington Semester Program through our student ambassador social media takeovers! Follow along with our ambassadors to discover an insight into the life of intern in Washington, DC. 🌟📱💼

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