AU Gap Program
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The internship experience is beneficial because Gap Program students will start to make contacts, build credentials, and gain real-world experience through the internship and mentored field practicum class.
Gap Program students have access to the School of Professional & Extended Studies Internship Database—the largest of its kind focusing on internships in the Washington, D.C. area. With over 3,000 internships in the database, many employers specifically turn to the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University for their semester interns. There are internships are available in areas of interest ranging from politics and justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, and arts & sciences.
Gap Program staff do not place students in internships; however students are given the tools to place themselves in an internship. Searching for an internship is a key skill developed through this experience.
Prior to entering the Gap Program, students are given access to resume builder software and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes. Students are then given access to the SPExS Internship Database, which has the largest collection of internship offerings in the DC area. Students are highly encouraged to start applying to internships posted on the database prior to the start of the semester.
After arrival on campus, students can also work with the Gap Program office staff and a professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.