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Internship Database

Graduate Gateway 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 and the Graduate Gateway Program for their semester interns.

Students gain access to the Internship Database after they have submitted their deposit and as early as April for the fall semester and October for the spring semester. Graduate Gateway Program staff is available to assist with resume reviews and to further navigate the many internship and career resources available at American University. While our staff and faculty will assist you with your internship search, you are responsible for applying to internships through the Internship Database or through external resources. That being said, please let us know your interests as Washington, D.C. is a city that runs on who you know and our faculty and staff are well connected and may just know someone who can assist you in securing that dream internship experience!


Students who submit their deposits and commit to attending the Graduate Gateway semester by the first or second round deposit deadlines are eligible for priority internships. Priority internships refer to a select number of internships the School of Professional & Extended Studies has created in conjunction with area organizations. Please note: all students enrolled in the Graduate Gateway Program regardless of deposit date are assisted in finding an internship in their field.