The Washington Semester Program isn't just an opportunity for students to intern in Washington, DC for the semester. It's a unique opportunity to be part of a global network of doers, thinkers, innovators, and change-makers. Through intensive academic seminars at American University and specially-tailored internship opportunities throughout DC, students apply their newfound knowledge to the real world - day in and day out. Truly, the city is their classroom, and WSP is their gateway to professional and academic excellence.
No matter what your academic interests, you’ll find the ideal internship with guidance from our Experiential Education team. Our program has placed students in internships for over 70 years, ranging from government to nonprofit organizations and established corporations to start-ups around the region. We are positive that your internship will fit your goals.
Your internship through the Washington Semester Program won’t just be answering phones and filing. You will gain substantive real-world skills while doing rewarding work as a member of your organization. In addition, you will expand your network and acquire valuable experience that distinguishes you from other students at your home college and in future positions.
Your seminar is not just a lecture! At AU’s Washington Semester Program, you will spend two days a week with your professor, who will introduce you to new concepts and challenge your perspectives. You will have the opportunity to meet with respected experts, either as guests in the classroom or on-site visits to their organizations in the DC area.
- Earn 12-17 American University credits that you transfer back to your home university.
- Learn from guest speakers who are at the top of their fields.
- Benefit from site visits to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, NGOs, and international nonprofit organizations.
- Intern at a diverse range of organizations, government agencies, businesses, or Fortune 500 companies in the DC-area.
- Unsurpassed experience working with college students coming to DC for internships.
- Professional internships, in which you will gain practical knowledge of a career field.
- Comprehensive career guidance toward solidifying your career plan.
- Individual feedback on your resume, LinkedIn profile, and professional correspondence.
- Guided training on communication and navigating professional events.
- International and DC connections by way of your internship and networking events.
- Opportunities to make personalized connections with professional mentors.
- Access to AU events, such as Orientation, an internship fair, and Professional Development Day.
- AU student services & resources and living on campus.
Meet Kaycie Goral, a Washington Semester student who is interning for NPR's local affiliate podcast, 1A.
Hear the alumni story of Dr. Joseph Young, an AU Associate Professor and Washington Semester Program alum! He sheds light on the benefit of experiential learning for DC-based college students in today's world.
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First established in 1947 making it one of the first programs of its kind
Top Majors: Political Science, Economics, Business, International Relations, and Journalism
Students from 15 different countries
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What an amazing share from @verena_achterberg at her internship with Bread for the World! Her internship site is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to end world hunger. In her words, "We #endhunger by encouraging #Congress to increase funding for global nutrition, especially during the #1000days from pregnancy to a child’s 2nd birthday." @bread4theworld @usaid @wspintern #bestespraktikum #washingtondc - #regrann
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Before Dr. Steven Cook became a #ForeignPolicy expert for @CFR_org, he was @AmericanU's Washington Semester Program! In his words, “Had I not had the experience at the Washington Semester, I never would have discovered this world.” More on our alumni: https://t.co/okhDf2KVon pic.twitter.com/HSIdCnjIAn— Washington Semester (@WSPIntern) September 11, 2018