DC is our classroom

Experience a semester in Washington. Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person options available.

We Meet You Where You Are!

This Spring we are open and prepared to offer you a DC experience – in DC – or from your home or campus! No matter where you choose to experience the Gap Program, 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

This spring, 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 a wide variety of public policy and international affairs topics. 

Throughout the semester, 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 for the spring 2021 semester.

Spring SeminarHigh School Grads & 1st Year College Students

  • Managing the Pandemic in Globalized Societies

Spring SeminarsUpper Division College Students & Recent College Grads

  • 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

The Gap Program 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. In the spring, we will offer hybrid and completely virtual internship options to accommodate your needs.

A sample of fall 2020 internships include:

  • 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 Gap students wishing to experience living in DC for a semester, either in the heart of the District or near our campus – comparable to AU double occupancy rates. No matter what your housing choice, all University student and academic support is available for Gap students.

Virtual DC Experience


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

In-Person DC Experience


Meet American University student Kaycie Goral who is interning for NPR's most coveted podcast, 1A.

Areas of interest

  • The Arts
  • Business/Start-ups
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Film & Digital Media
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Social Justice
  • Tech
  • and more...

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Gap Program: Publish Today

I have co-written three op-ed articles at age 18!

“My internship has been an unforgettable learning experience. Working at a news agency, I have co-written three op—ed articles: one in the Miami Herald, one in the Independent, and one in the Salt Lake Tribune. I find it unbelievable to be published at age 18. I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for me.”

Top Internship Sites

Government Capitol Hill, US State Department, Department of Education

Social Justice Black Lives Matter, Amnesty International, Bread for the World

Business World Bank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Hera Hub

American University's Gap Program is proud to be accredited by the Gap Year Association.