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DC is Our Classroom

Jumpstart your career by landing a DC internship this summer, fall, or spring. You can experience DC virtually or in-person -- the choice is yours!

We Meet You Where You Are!

We are prepared to offer you a DC experience – in DC – or from your home or campus! No matter where you choose to experience your Washington Semester, we continue to support opportunities to learn, work, and explore DC through our academic seminars and internships. Our flexible approach provides you with a unique opportunity to be part of a global network of doers, thinkers, innovators, and changemakers.

Distinctly DC

You can experience a DC-based seminar virtually. Intensive and timely seminars, taught by American University faculty, provide provocative and topical coursework for students interested in topics as diverse as government, international affairs, public diplomacy, international organizations, communications, business & economics, social justice, criminal justice, and law.

Guest speakers are invited to your virtual classroom, where you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with some of Washington’s best and brightest. Once University and DC Health Department regulations allow, we are prepared to add in-person/hybrid instruction to our course delivery.

Sample Seminars:

  • Managing the Pandemic in Globalized Societies
  • Criminal Legal System: Roots of Mass Incarceration and Racial Disparity
  • Political Transitions and Policy Implications

In-Person and Virtual Experience

WSP is the gateway for your professional and academic success. Find and secure a life-changing internship at a dynamic DC institution. In-person or virtual, you’ll find the ideal internship in DC to align with your goals.

Sample Internships:

  • Department of Education
  • Jacobs, Cordova and Associates
  • Millennium Project
  • National Youth Rights Association
  • Naval History Heritage Command
  • New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • US Congressional Office
  • Voice of America

Housing and Student Services

TurnKey Housing Solutions provides state-of-the-art housing options for WSP students wishing to experience living in DC, either in the heart of the District or near our campus – with rates comparable to AU double occupancy rates. No matter what your housing choice, all University student and academic support is available for WSP students.

In-Person DC Experience


Meet Washington Semester student Kaycie Goral who is interning for the NPR show 1A.

Virtual DC Experience


Washington Semester student Sage Taylor (from University of Portland) shares his experiences doing a virtual internship at the NAACP.

Internship Supervisors Say WSP Interns Shine!


Emira Woods, Senior Adviser at Shine Campaign pays tribute to her WSP intern.

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