American University’s Washington Semester Program (WSP) Summer is an opportunity for students to spend a summer in DC, work in a DC internship, and earn academic credit. Now in its 76th year, WSP has enabled more than 50,000 students from hundreds of domestic and international universities to live, work, and study in Washington, DC.
The WSP motto “DC Is Our Classroom” highlights the unique value of the program—combining experiential learning from a nationally ranked university with structured and supervised internships at some of DC’s most dynamic institutions.
WSP Summer features:
- A 4 days-a-week internship, plus comprehensive internship search support
- Internship supervision by experienced AU faculty and administrators
- Career readiness and workplace skill training
- A choice of three 3-credit in-person career exploration courses:
- Politics and Law
- International Affairs
- Social Justice
- Access to premium apartment housing steps from AU’s campus, or if available, AU on-campus or off-campus housing resources.
WSP Summer students enjoy the services and benefits of full-time AU students, including academic advising, the Academic Support & Access Center, University Library, Student Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Student Fitness Centers, and much more.
Financial aid is available for students with demonstrated financial need.
Selective Washington, DC organizations require applications as early as November 15. To be eligible for competitive internships that may mandate security clearances and follow-up, apply early. Note the priority and early deadlines:
- February 1
- Priority Application deadline
Admission is on a rolling basis.
Apply early for better access to competitive internships.
- March 15
- Priority Housing Deadline
TurnKey Housing is guaranteed if you submit your deposit and request housing before this deadline. After this date, housing is provided on a rolling basis as space is available.
- March 31
- Final Application Deadline
- April 15
- Final Deposit* & Housing Deadline
- June 5
- Orientation start
- June 6
- Internships start
- June 7
- Classes start
- July 26
- Classes end
- July 28
- Internships end
*All deposits are non-refundable
Candidate must be an actively enrolled student in good standing at an accredited 2- or 4- year institution of higher education
Candidate must have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution in the past academic year.
|Candidate must have completed at least two semesters (or 24 credits) of undergraduate courses by the program start date, not including AP or IB credits|
|Candidate must possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from their home institution|
|Candidate must not require visa support from American University to study in the US|
- Create an account.
- Check with your home school advisor or study off-campus office on credit transfer.
- After you have created an account, complete the application.
- After you have submitted the first portion of your application, you must return to your account and complete supplemental items (once you refresh the page, supplemental items should be an option).
Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items.
- Official transcript from your home institution
Please submit all supplemental items electronically. Your certified electronic transcript should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org through your home institution. If your institution cannot issue an electronic copy, please let us know at email@example.com.
You’ll have access to hundreds of internship openings and thousands of internship leads in our program online database. There are a wide variety of sectors where WSP Summer students find internships, including:
- Step 1: “DC Ready” resume & cover letter development
- Step 2: Interview Training
- Step 3: WSP Internship Database support
- Step 4: Getting you to yes
Experienced WSP faculty and administrators work with you and your internship supervisors to help you have a great internship experience.
We’ll help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your internship and future job—skills like communication, professionalism, teamwork, and conflict resolution—through a mix of career exploration workshops, professional skills building sessions, alumni and employer networking events, and advising with our dedicated staff.
WSP Summer courses focus on internship support and career exploration. You’ll choose one of three 3-credit courses divided by professional field. Your experienced AU faculty member will prepare you to meet with national and global experts to discuss their career paths and professional experiences. For example,
- In the Politics and Law course, you might meet with a WSP alum who works on Capitol Hill and get their advice on finding a job in a Congressional office and the skills and coursework that help staffers succeed in the workplace.
- In the International Affairs course, you might meet with a WSP alum who interned at Voice of America to learn about their organizational culture and roles for entry-level employees.
- In the Social Justice course, you might meet with a WSP internship supervisor from the Shine Campaign to talk about their academic preparation for a career in values-driven investment and energy justice issues.
Starting Summer 2023, you may enroll in a 1-credit, online course. This course will give you flexibilty to learn virtually while you intern. While this class is offered online, you may choose to participate in WSP Summer in Washington, DC for in-person, hybrid, or remote internships.
- In the Professional Development course, you will cultivate growth as you develop self-knowledge; design a meaningful career path; and take action to explore varied career options. You will learn how to leverage past work experience and skill-building opportunities via in-depth career training, along with a customized internship experience.
If you choose the online section, you can pair the online course with an online internship that you can do from any location.
Stay tuned for more details!
Based on availability, you have multiple options for summer housing:
- Premium apartments with TurnKey Housing solutions options
- Double Space Cost per Semester (Shared bathroom/bed)
- Single Space Cost per Semester(Private bedroom/private bathroom)
- AU off-campus housing resources
- Friends/family in the DC area
More details to come
3-credit Internship + Internship Course
1-credit Internship + Internship Course
Note: Washington Semester Program does not sponsor visas for students in the summer program.
|Summer coverage only1
May 1, 2023 – July 31, 2023
1Health insurance is required. Students may provide their own coverage or choose the AU summer health insurance plan. Students must be taking 6 credits to enroll in the AU summer health insurance plan.