DC is Our Classroom (Now Offered Online)

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, American University's Gap Program will offer 100% online internships and seminars for the fall semester.

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 for a Washington, DC organization from your hometown and gain meaningful work experience.
Interactive Classes: University seminar and professional development workshop with virtual professor-led site visits and guest speakers.
Professional Support: Strategize with program advisors and Internship Director. We offer expert guidance.

Online Internship Testimonials

We asked our students what skills they picked up during their online internship last semester. They all felt they still made a substantial contribution to their workplace: 

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. High school graduates earn 7 pre-matriculation credits by doing the internship and taking one academic seminar; college students or recent graduates earn 7 or 8 college credits.

Areas of interest

  • The Arts
  • Business/Start-ups
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Film & Digital Media
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Social Justice
  • 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

Social Justice Black Lives Matter, Amnesty International, Bread for the World

Business World Bank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Hera Hub

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.