What Sets Us Apart

When you join the Washington Semester Program at American University, you will be connected with an accredited top-ranked university with 70 years of experience providing college students with internships and seminars in Washington, DC.

Join us and immerse yourself in a global environment while pursuing academic coursework and an internship in your field of interest.

Academic Seminars

Learn from professors and guest speakers who are seasoned professionals at the top of their fields. Benefit from site visits to fortune 500 companies, government agencies and NGOs, and international nonprofit organization. Earn academic credit from an accredited university.


Become career-ready by interning in Washington, D.C. Gain practical and professional experience that will elevate you in a competitive job market. Our staff provides expert advice on acquiring an internship before your arrival.

Key Benefits

  • Learn from guest speakers who are at the top of their fields.
  • Benefit from site visits to fortune 500 companies, government agencies and NGOs, and international nonprofit organizations.
  • Students can earn 12-17 American University credits.
  • Customized internship placement based on your background, major, and career interests.
  • Coaching to enhance your competitiveness for top internships - now and in the future.
  • Simulated interview preparation and input from career development experts.
  • Comprehensive career assessments and 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 and Professional Development Day.
  • Use of AU services and living on campus.

A Real Look into WSP


Faculty, staff, students and alumni share their insights about the Washington Semester Program.

Student Perspectives


Take an inside look into the Washington Semester Program. Join four Spring 2017 WSP students from different schools and a WSP alum in a webinar with Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Heather Broberg.

WSP can be a very valuable experience for hard working people...

"I am convinced that participating in the program, and especially being at the World Bank for four months, will help me to be more analytical and reasoned when it comes to understanding and solving certain problems," said Urthaler.

Urthaler explained that the complex, multicultural environment of his internship has helped him build his communication and other professional skills.

Learn more about his experience

I credit this program for giving me the opportunity to think broadly...

Simmons interned at the Voice of America as their English Division Social Media intern. Throughout her time at WSP she made it a point to ask questions about how policy-making relates to fashion, pop culture, and her many other interests. Simmons learned so much from WSP and her summer internship that she was encouraged to apply to the White House for the fall 2015 semester.

Learn more about her experience