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: Find Your Passion

I have already gained a range of invaluable experiences.

Yet, what really makes interning with Vital Voices such an important experience for me is being welcomed into a movement of women and men working together to ignite change towards a future of gender equality. To work in an environment of inclusion, empowerment, and optimism, as well as to explore a viable career path before attending college, has given me an invaluable opportunity to develop and explore my passions. Read More...

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


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