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Summer Internship Program: Community & Social Change


Program Includes:

  • Community & Social Change Internship in Washington, D.C. (4.5 days per week)
  • Seminar in Community & Social Change (3 credit hours)
  • Your choice of either American University housing or independently-arranged off-campus housing

The Internship in Community & Social Change

We will help you to secure the best possible internship to pursue your interests. Through your internship, you will gain practical knowledge in your field, make connections with professionals who share your interests, and gain valuable, hands-on experience to help you get noticed in today’s challenging job market. Past internship options have included:

Sample of our Internships:

  • Amnesty International
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Community Development corporations
  • Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Congressional Offices & Committees
  • Department of Education
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Faith-based organizations
  • National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Environmental organizations
  • Foundations & Philanthropic Organizations
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • National Conference on Citizenship
  • Peace Corps
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • TransAfrica Forum
  • U.S. Public Interest Research Group
  • Youth Service Opportunities Project

The Seminar in Community & Social Change

Our seminar in Community & Social Change is focused on providing you with in-depth knowledge of politics, policy, and community issues. Your class will meet with representatives of all three branches of government, the advocacy and litigation community, grassroots nonprofit organizations, education institutions, and policy organizations. These seminar discussions will create the context for you to understand and apply more fully the theories of political science: a critical asset for your future involvement in and study of local American politics.

Sample Seminar Topics:

  • Elections and Campaigns: Strategies, Campaign Organizations, and Media
  • Economic and Social Policy
  • The Media: 24/7 News Coverage and Politics
  • The Chief Justice John Roberts Supreme Court
  • How Congress and the White House Really Work
  • Campaign Finance Reform: The Next Step Taxes and the Budget: Can a Balance be Struck?
  • How Well is "No Child Left Behind" Working?
  • Religion and Politics
  • Civil Liberties and Rights
  • Immigration Reform
  • The Influence of Organizations on Policy