Washington Semester Internship Program

Internship
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Internship

Since its founding in 1893, American University has been a global center for research and academic excellence. In Washington, D.C., one of the most influential cities in the world, the internationally recognized private university has a history of distinguishing itself as a leader of change. Its beautiful urban campus, home to state-of-the-art facilities and historic buildings, is known for its intimate community spirit.

In your internship, you build confidence and leadership skills that last

Explore the iconic White House, the US Capitol, and Supreme Court

One of the country’s most attractive, state-of-the-art urban campuses

Washington D.C. is brimming with political energy and activism

Internship Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
Schedule a Consultation

At a Glance

Primary Spoken Language
English
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Business, Economics & Finance, International Business, Political Science & International Relations, Political Science, International Relations
Housing:
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:
Maybe
Credits:
12 units

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Yoo, Jiyoun

During my internship, I experienced the US more as if I was living compared to other exchange students. That I was able to spend a semester like a real member of society convinced me WSP was a good choice.

Washington Semester Internship Program SAF Alumni

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About the University

American University

With the student at its heart, American University is a global center for research and academic excellence. Since its foundation in 1893, the private university in one of the most influential cities in the world has celebrated the traditions of American life—service and duty—in the seat of government. This internationally recognized institution has a history of distinguishing itself as a leader of change and encourages students to make a difference. Alongside its student population of 13,000, you enjoy a close community spirit in what is one of the most beautiful urban campuses, with stunning historic buildings, as well as state-of-the-art facilities.

Learn more at American University's official website.  

Academics

American University's Academic Approach

One of the strengths of WSP is its ability to be a standalone or a pathway program. You can start in another AU program in the fall and transition to WSP in the spring, which allows you to experience many perspectives of the university life. If you participate in WSP for two semesters, you have the opportunity to change your concentration for the second term. This affords you the opportunity to explore even more areas of your interests in the United States capital. 

Courses

As a SAF Scholar, you decide what disciplines to concentrate on when you. Post acceptance, you select optional courses and start to look for internships based on your major.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

If you're interested in taking optional courses, you need to factor in your internship and academic seminar workload when enrolling in your elective choices.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host universit—and SAF sets you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with minimum score of 6.0 on all subsections
  • TOEFL iBT: 80, with minimum score of 20 on all subsections
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • PTE: 59
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 115, with minimum score of 105 on all subsections

Learn More About Language Requirements

Internship Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022 (Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid August - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
33,760

Fall 2022 (Non-Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid August - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
22,430

Fall 2022 (Non-Credit) (WSP) + Spring 2023 (Non-Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid August - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
40,810

Fall 2022 (Credit) (WSP) + Spring 2023 (Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid August - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
63,400

Spring 2023 (Non-Credit) (WSP) + Fall 2023 Academic

Internship Dates
Mid January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
46,020

Spring 2023 (Non-Credit) (WSP) + Fall 2023 (Non-Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
39,990

Spring 2023 (Credit) (WSP) + Fall 2023 Academic

Internship Dates
Mid January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
58,370

Spring 2023 (Credit) (WSP) + Fall 2023 (Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
65,870

Spring 2023 (Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid January - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
34,910

Spring 2023 (Non-Credit) (WSP)

Internship Dates
Mid January - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
22,510

Housing Information

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On-Campus Dormitory

As part of the immersive all-American experience, the SAF program fee includes a shared room with a shared bathroom in a traditional and welcoming on-campus dormitory.

McDowell Hall is well furnished, so you and your roommate can create a real home-from-home experience. Your fee covers six meals per week, plus $400 EagleBucks if you don’t always want to cook in the communal kitchen (for use on- and off-campus where accepted).

About Washington D.C.

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Why Washington D.C.

The White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court: Washington, D.C., is where history is made and unfolds. The American capital is an extraordinarily inspirational setting to explore politics and international relations and experience a rich, deeply cultured social life abundant in politicians, global leaders, and other dignitaries.

Learn more about Washington D.C.

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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