Make an Impact

Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the US Senate. Think of how the experience could impact 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!

During the semester, you will have a Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) or internship for two days each week. To support your internship, you will be enrolled in a Mentored Field Practicum course, with a professor who will guide you on your internship.

In the MFP class, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. Additionally, you will meet with your professor regularly to discuss your internship practicum. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and professional development that will serve as a foundation for future internships and even your career.

You will be ready to find an internship

Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits your interests.

While some students may secure an internship over the summer, most students will find their internship after they arrive at AU in August. Given our 15+ years of advising freshman students in internship searches, approximately 90% of students have an internship within the first 3 weeks of the semester.

However, that achievement is the result of a lot of summer prep work between program staff and students, along with focused internship searches by students - after they arrive at AU in August.

For a student to have a successful internship search, active student engagement is necessary over the summer and upon arrival in DC. Here is a timeline of how students are prepared for their internship search and guided in the search process:

June/July

  • Program staff advise students on the resume and cover letter so students are resume-ready by arrival in August
  • Access to the internship database after resumes are approved by program staff

August/Early September

  • Internship search advising with professor and program staff
  • Internship Fair
  • Student conducts internship search/interviews
  • One-on-one meetings with Mentored Field Practicum professor

Throughout fall semester

  • Individual meetings with Mentored Field Practicum professor
  • MFP class meetings

Sample Internship Sites

The Arts

  • DC Commission on the Arts
  • The Phillips Collection
  • Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage
  • The Ripley Center - Discovery Theater
  • The Washington Ballet

Business/Startups

  • 1776 Startup Incubator
  • Bennett Group Financial Services
  • Council of Economic Advisors
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Small Business Administration

Environment

  • Earth Conservation Corps
  • EmeraldPlanet & The EmeraldPlanet TV
  • Going Green Today Inc
  • Green Party of the United States
  • National Park Trust
  • US National Arboretum

Government

  • MPD Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • US House of Representatives
  • US House Committee on Homeland Security
  • US Senate
  • White House Commission of Remembrance

Journalism

  • BBC News
  • Hispanic Link News Service
  • McLaughlin Group
  • National Public Radio (local affiliate)
  • PBS' to the Contrary
  • Voice of America
  • NBC (local affiliate)

Law

  • American Society of International Law
  • Committee for Justice
  • DC Law Students in Cour Program
  • The Law Offices of Justin Zelikovitz
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Politics

  • Community Council for the Homeless
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Hudson Institute
  • Republican National Committee
  • Rock the Vote
  • Women & Politics Institute
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

and more...