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DC is Our Classroom

Jumpstart your career by landing a DC internship this fall, spring, or summer. The Washington Semester Program provides you with the unique opportunity to be part of a global network of doers, thinkers, innovators, and changemakers. Let our 75 years of experience lay the foundation of your future success.

Program Components

  • DC Internships – DC is the #1 city for internships! We will help you land a professional in-person or virtual internship that gives you the work experience and real-world skills to gain a competitive edge in the job market after graduation. We'll coach you on: resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, networking, and more!

    We offer internships in every area of interest including:
    • Politics & Government
    • International Affairs & Foreign Policy
    • Business & Economics
    • Non-Profits like Diversity and Social Justice Organizations
    • Journalism, Communications, and more!
  • Career-Readiness Training – Through a series of “Here to Career” workshops, we help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your internship and future job. You'll build and hone skills that include communication, professionalism, intercultural fluency, teamwork, and conflict resolution.

    Sample Career-Readiness Workshops:
    • Secrets of Internship Success
    • How to Manage your Supervisor
    • LinkedIn Learning Lab
    • Unconscious Bias at Work
  • Life in DC DC is an exciting city to explore with your new-found friends. From museums to cultural events and Washington Semester Program community building events, we give you the resources to become a DC local.
    • Housing: TurnKey Housing Solutions provides state-of-the-art housing options for WSP students wishing to experience living in DC, either in the heart of the District or near campus – with rates comparable to AU double occupancy rates.  AU Housing may be available for Fall 2021 as well.
    • Student Services: No matter what your housing choice, all University student and academic support is available for WSP students, including: clubs and organizations, Student Health Center and Counseling Center, Academic Support and Access Center, and more!
  • AU Courses Your internship course provide you with insights into professional life and your WSP academic seminars and AU electives bring you face-to-face with national and global experts. Our timely seminars, taught by American University faculty, provide provocative and topical coursework in topics as diverse as government, international affairs, public diplomacy, international organizations, communications, business & economics, social justice, criminal justice, and law.

    Guest speakers are invited to your classroom, where you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with some of Washington’s best and brightest.

    Sample Seminars:
    • Roots of Mass Incarceration and Racial Disparity
    • Political Transitions and Policy Implications
  • Transfer Credits to Your Home College –We help you earn the credits you need to graduate on time. Whether you spend 1 or 2 semesters in the program, you can transfer American University credits to your home college degree.

In-Person DC Experience

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

Internship Supervisors Say WSP Interns Shine!

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

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Washington Semester student Tracy Hanqing

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Washington Semester Program student Tracy Hanqing interns at a nonprofit that empowers more women to run for office.

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