- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential, Online
- Credit Awarded: College, None
- Program Length: Academic Year, Semester
- Start Month: January, August
- Category: Academic
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Dorm
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Not Available
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
American University’s Gap Program offers an academic and internship experience in our nation’s capital, providing the perfect springboard for future academic and career success. This year American University's Gap Program will offer 100% online or hybrid internships and seminars for the fall semester.
Our semester programs include a three-day-per-week internship plus a seminar course in American Politics, International Affairs, or Global Business. Students earn 7 college credits per semester. Enroll for a single semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year.
Real-World Career Experience
The AU Gap internship experience allows you to build your professional skill set, make contacts, and gain real-world experience. With a database of over 3,000 internship contacts at your disposal, you have the opportunity to truly explore your interests. Do you want to work at a governement agency, an embassy, an arts organization, a tech start-up, an environmental organization, a sports team, or a news bureau? There is something for everyone. You will receive one-on-one professional development support in creating your resume, writing cover letters, and conducting your internship search, developing skills you will use for years to come.
D.C. is Your Classroom
AU Gap Program seminar classes are learning laboratories, taking full advantage of our prime location in the nation's capital. The classes are interactive sessions led by a professor who will introduce you to local, national, and global experts. You will explore D.C., going on site visits to a wide array of organizations and businesses for an inside look.
While in the program, AU Gap students are fully integrated into the AU community and have access to all campus resources. You will live in the residence halls with other first-year students, eat in campus dining facilities, and have the opportunity to join student clubs and organizations, providing you valuable first-hand insight into the college experience. Gap students are all issued a Metro pass, making getting around D.C. a breeze.
The AU Gap Program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are searching for a different experience before starting college. You will receive an AU transcript at the completion of the program which can be used in applying to colleges or for possible credit at other colleges and universities. Visit american.edu/spexs/augap for more information.