Prepare for the Job Market

In the American University Gap Program, you will gain stubstantive real-world skills while doing rewarding work as a DC intern. In addition, you will expand your network and acquire valuable experience that gives you an edge to compete in the job market. 

Professional Training

Step 1: Resume & Cover Letter

We work with you to develop a professional resume and cover letter to optimize your work, volunteer history, and academic achievements.

Step 2: Interview Training

From an elevator pitch to practice questions to mock interviews and dress code, we provide group training and individual coaching.

Step 3: Secure an Internship

Our Experiential Education Director helps students engage with hundreds of DC employers. Every semester the Gap Program hosts an on-site internship fair and students have access to a database of over 3,000 active opportunities.

Step 4: Ongoing Support

We engage with you throughout the semester, preparing you for what to expect in the workplace and providing solutions to challenges you may face.

Gap Interns Develop Real-World Skills

In the Gap Program students see firsthand how policies are made or how organizations are run. They build a professional network while developing the skills employers are seeking. These skills and professional work habits build students’ confidence and motivation.

3,000 Amazing Internships Available


Capitol Hill

• Research bills on behalf of legislative staff
• Respond to constituent letters and phone calls
• Attend congressional hearings


Voice of America

• Research and publish stories
• Fact-check stories from editorial staff
• Edit video and audio clips


Center for American Progress

• Research race policy and current events
• Meet with race policy influencers
• Manage social media accounts


1776 (Startup)

• Manage social media accounts
• Conduct market/audience research
• Engage in digital branding for development

Areas of Interest: Where Will You Intern?

We have over 3,000 internship opportunities available. Here's a sampling:

The Arts

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Kennedy Center
  • Dupont Underground
  • Washington Ballet


  • World Bank
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • US Trade Development Agency
  • Better Business Bureau

Digital Media

  • Shining Red Films
  • Cotton Canary
  • Story Partners
  • FIN Digital


  • US Department of Education
  • Special Olympics
  • DC Public Schools


  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Nature Conservancy

Foreign Policy

  • World Embassies
  • US State Department
  • Brookings Institution
  • United Nations Foundation


  • US Congress
  • No Labels
  • Emily’s List


  • American Red Cross
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Malaria No More
  • National Center for Health Research


  • Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Digital Promise
  • House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Coding it Forward


  • Voice of America
  • NBC
  • BBC
  • C-SPAN


  • US Department of Justice
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • American Bar Association
  • International Law Institute

Social Justice

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Mil Mujeres