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Mentored Field Practicum



Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the U.S. Senate. Think of its impact on your understanding of world issues, how it might change your outlook on your major, or what it could mean for your future. When you join the Washington Mentorship Program, this can happen!

WMP students have the option to participate in a traditional Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) Course or in a Service-Learning MFP. In the traditional MFP, students intern two days a week and meet with their professor once a week or once every other week. The Service-Learning track focuses on public and community services, exploring organizations that improve communities and the lives of individuals in those communities. In the Service-Learning MFP, students intern one and a half days a week and meet with their class every week for discussion and visits to these organizations. Please note: space is limited for the Service-Learning track.

Helping you along your way is an AU professor, serving as your mentor—and guiding you on academic matters and in your practicum. Throughout the semester, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. Additionally, you meet with your professor regularly in one-on-one meetings to discuss your experience. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and contacts necessary to maximize your education and your knowledge of DC as a learning laboratory as well as a world-class city.

Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits. WMP students are given the tools to place themselves in an internship. Searching for an internship is a key skill developed through the practicum course. Over the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes in June and July. Students are then given access to the Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the DC area. On the first day of class, students attend the school's Internship Fair, where they can meet with over 100 internship sites. Students also work with the WMP office and their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.

Here is just a small selection of the Mentored Field Practicum organizations of the fall 2015 class:

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Bulldog Finance Group
  • C-SPAN
  • CS Engineers Consulting, Inc.
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Embassy of Mexico
  • EmeraldPlanet & The EmeraldPlanet TV
  • Gifts for the Homeless
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • InterFather Conference of Metropolitan Washington
  • Mil Mujeres Legal Services
  • Medstar Georgetown Hospital
  • Meridian International Center
  • Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Republican National Committee
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Columba's Nursery School
  • Trust for the National Mall
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Russia Business Council
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • The Washington Ballet
  • WAME 88-Five FM
  • Washington Animal Rescue League


“Getting an internship as a freshman is probably one of the best things you can do when it comes to college. The work experience is so rewarding and helpful.”
Pooja Mathur, WMP 2014

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would like to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.