American University Online Gap Program

    American University Online Gap Program


    • 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
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    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.

    University Resources

    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.

    Apply Now!

    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.

    Reviews (2)

    • Washington, D.C. as classroom!
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      Reviewed on 13/06/2019 by John B.

      I cannot think of a better program for high school graduates who are looking for a meaningful experience before starting college than American University’s Gap Program. The semester-long program combined a mentored internship (my son interned at Earth Day Network) with an experiential learning-based seminar on international affairs (with a healthy dose of environmental studies), for which students earned college credit (7 credits!), set on a vibrant university campus (Gap students are integrated into AU’s residential community life) in a culturally rich and diverse city (students are provided with an unlimited-ride transit pass, costing $1 a day, to commute to internships, make site visits for the seminar, visit museums and galleries). From the initial admissions interview through the farewell assembly, it was clear that this is a well designed and well run program, for which the administrators and faculty have succeeded in defining the right mix of activities to prepare Gap students for college (and life after college!), to encourage them to bond as a cohort, and to invite them to participate in the many offerings of AU and take advantage of the countless opportunities awaiting them in Washington, D.C., indeed itself a classroom of American University.

    • AU Gap was an awesome experience!
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      Reviewed on 14/10/2015 by Oonagh

      The American University Gap Program provided me with a semester of experience in Washington, DC that was truly unique to the school and the city. The program involves one course through American University and an internship. The course I took during my semester was American Politics focusing on Justice and Law. Through that class, we visited many locations that are exclusive to Washington, DC. My favorite visit was to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. We received a very in-depth tour of the facility, which was truly exciting as visitors are rarely allowed to see the school behind the scenes. We even toured their mock town where they hold many training events.

      The second part of my experience was an internship three days a week at the Earth Day Network. This organization is an NGO focused on climate change and the environment. Through my internship, I was able to gain some real work experience. I wrote blog posts for the organization and helped with outreach to South American countries for Earth Day festivities. We also hosted a rally on the National Mall with many guest speakers and musicians, I was able to work backstage at this event. My professor and advisors at American University were extremely supportive throughout the internship application process. They made sure that we were going through the right steps and helped us to strengthen our resumes and interview skills.

      Another great piece of the program is that you are housed on the college campus. This allows you to participate in all the clubs, organizations, and special events that any college student has access to. Living in Washington, DC also allows you to get involved in just about any topic you could imagine, and there are many special events and festivals that are easy to take advantage of during your time in the city. I would recommend this program to any student is interested in experiencing Washington, DC, living on a college campus, and interning in a political town!

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