DC is Our Classroom

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how government, business, and nonprofits work. This is your chance to be a DC insider. Let our 70 years of experience help you choose an internship as unique as you are.

Real-World Experience: Intern in Washington, DC and gain meaningful work experience.
Interactive Classes: University seminar and professional development workshop with professor-led site visits and guest speakers.
University Resources: Enjoy all American University student resources while living on campus.

A Balance of Experiential Learning and Academics

The AU Gap Program is an experiential learning program, in which students intern 3-days per week with an organization in Washington, DC. Students also earn 7 pre-matriculation college credits by taking one academic seminar and a professional development class at American University.

Areas of interest

  • The Arts
  • Business/Start-ups
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Film & Digital Media
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Tech
  • and more...

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Gap Program: Publish Today

I have co-written three op-ed articles at age 18!

“My internship has been an unforgettable learning experience. Working at a news agency, I have co-written three op—ed articles: one in the Miami Herald, one in the Independent, and one in the Salt Lake Tribune. I find it unbelievable to be published at age 18. I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for me.”

Top Internship Sites

Government Capitol Hill, US State Department, Department of Education

Nonprofit Amnesty International, Running Start, Sierra Club

Business 1776, VivSpaces, Small Business Administration

Challenge Yourself


Students, faculty, and staff describe the breadth of the AU Gap Program.

American University's Gap Program is proud to be accredited by the Gap Year Association.