Office of International Programs

United States: Washington DC Semester Internship Program

Intern in the Capital!

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Overview

This competitive program at American University lets students intern in Washington D.C. while taking seminars that highlight guest speakers from the realms of politics, law, international business, journalism, economic policy, peace and conflict resolution, and more. This program is excellent for students interested in international relations and political science.

Requirements for Admission

  • There are limited places on this program so it is highly competitive!
  • Juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Endorsement from the Faculty Director, Dr. Mike Gunter. You will need to prepare your preliminary proposal to share with Dr. Gunter
  • Depending on your major, you may need to have completed specific course prerequisites in order to receive major credit for the internship
  • This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email studyabroad@rollins.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Program Calendar

Fall 2019

  • Aug 20: Move in Day
  • Aug 20 -Sep 6: Orientation
  • Aug 26: First Day of Classes
  • Oct 11: Fall Break
  • Nov 27 - Dec 1: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 6: Last Day of Classes and Internships
  • Dec 9-13: Exam Period 
  • Dec 14: Program End Date and move out

Spring 2020

  • Jan 8: Move in Day
  • Jan 9 - 12: Orientation
  • Jan 13: First Day of Classes
  • Jan 27: Internship must begin no later than this date
  • Mar 8-15: Spring Break
  • April 27: Last Day of Classes
  • April 29- May 5: Exam Period
  • May 6: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

Students are responsible for booking their own flights.  During the orientation program, students move into their housing, learn about the program, meet their fellow students and finalize course registration.  The orientation wraps up with the Internship Bazaar where approximately 100 prospective internship employers come to campus to conduct on-the-spot interviews with interested students.

Visa

No visa is needed since this program is based in the United States. However, if you choose to participate in an international experience as part of your program, AU will assist with any visa paperwork as needed.

Academic Information

Courses

This program offers a number of concentration areas and students choose one area to focus on for the internship and core seminar.

Students on this program take the following courses:

  • Internship: The internship and accompanying course are designed to provide you with professional experience in your concentration area or a related field. You will have access to the program's internship network to search for your placement site.  During the first two weeks of the oprogram, you will attend interviews and confirm your placement. 
  • Core Seminars:  The two core seminars are focused on your concentration area and utilizes guest exports and out-of-classroom visits to enhance the learning experience. You'll go "behind the scenes"; into the offices of most of the speakers to get a first-hand insider's view of the week's topics of discussion. Some of the speakers are big names and some are not, but one thing's certain, they are all major players at the local, national, and international levels.
  • A research project for credit or one additional elective course.  The elective course does not need to be within your concentration area.

Transfer of Credit

The internship and core seminars are worth 4 credits each and the elective course is either 3 or 4 credits.  Students typically take four courses and earn 15-16 credits. Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information page.

Housing & Meals

Housing

Students must choose on-campus housing with a full meal plan. Students will be housed in a traditional residence hall on the main campus with corridor-style rooms and shared hall bathrooms. Rooms are doubles.

Meals

Students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a standard meal plan which includes the on-campus dining halls and Eagle Buck$ for use in campus and some local restaurants and cafes.

Student Life

The Student Association of Student Activities (SASA) organizes a variety of events for students in the school of Professional and Extended Studies at American University, including students from this program.  Past events include barbecues, a Super Bowl Watch Party, Second Chance Prom, Winter Masquerade Ball, Karaoke Night, Nationals game, themed food nights sponsored by Bon Appétit Catering and more. The organization also plans community service events, fundraisers for local/international organizations and bring special guest speakers to the Tenley campus.  Students also have access to other American University activities, events and facilities.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room and Board: $7,225.00

Includes

Tuition, fees, and program administration, accommodation, meals, seminar activities and excursions, transportation bas for DC metro and bus, and orientation.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $300 (estimate
  • Personal expenses and entertainment: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1600

Need-Based Scholarships

Since this program is US-based and does not involve extensive additional costs, scholarships are only available to off-set increased costs of accommodation for commuter students. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application.