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Housing & Dining Programs

Intern Housing FAQs

When can I check-in?

Interns may check in at the front desk beginning at 3PM on their assigned check-in date. You may arrive anytime after your check-in time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our front desk staff will register you and give you your room keys, mailbox keys, and parking pass (if needed). Unfortunately, we cannot allow early check-ins or late check-outs.

What time is check-out?

Check-out is at 12 noon on the last day of your reservation.

Where are you located?

American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC 20016, in one of northwest Washington, DC’s most beautiful residential areas; AU is just minutes by bus, cab, Metro, or car from the city’s most famous sites.

Click here for directions to campus. 

Are all of your residence halls air-conditioned?

Yes, all of the residence halls come equipped with air-conditioning and individual flow controls in each room.

I am over 21, can I bring alcohol into the residence halls?

No, alcohol is not permitted in any American University residence hall.

What are the rules for smoking on-campus?

AU is officially a tobacco and smoke free campus.

If I am placed in a double room, will my roommate also be an intern?

Yes, we house interns together in the same rooms and in the same buildings so that you can share a feeling of community with the others in your area.

What dates are available for intern housing in Summer 2016?

Our 2016 summer season begins May 8 and ends August 13, 2016.

How secure is your campus?

Our residence halls are only accessible to summer guests with a Summer 2016 Guest Card, or a One Card for students living on campus. Also, the residence halls are staffed with campus hosts at front desks on each side of campus. Additionally, our public safety officers patrol campus regularly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are you nearby a Metro stop?

Yes, we are closest to the Tenleytown/American University Metro stop. The university shuttle runs directly from that Metro station to the campus and is complementary for AU students, faculty, staff, interns, and summer guests.

Do you provide linens?

Linens, a blanket, pillow, pillowcase, and towel are provided for interns.

Where do I sign up?

The application will be available in January.

What if I have additional questions and I cannot find the answers online?

For any additional questions, please call (202) 885-3370 or email

When will I receive my actual room assignment?

Room assignment notices for summer interns will be sent via email starting in early April.

Can I request to live with a friend?

In order to be placed with someone you know, you must both make that request in writing (either on the application or in an email to If both interns request one another, we do our best to meet those requests.

Can I receive mail? If so, at what address?

Mail Services continues during the summer months for both AU students and visiting interns. We are unable to hold packages for interns who will be arriving at a future date. Detailed information on summer mail services will be available to all on campus residents at your building desk in May.

Mail should be addressed:
Intern Name
Hall Name – Room Number – SUMMER 2016
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

What should I bring?

We encourage you to keep in mind that you will only be in Washington DC for a very short time and that your stay here will likely keep you very busy. When packing for your internship and your room, we recommend the following items as a beginning packing list:

  • Laptop or Computer

  • Bed linens, blankets & pillows

  • Towels/Bathroom Linens

  • Clothing & Shoes

  • Toiletries & Shower Caddy   

  • Umbrella/Poncho

  • Bathrobe
  • Television/VCR/DVD player
  • Shower shoes

What can I not bring?

Your safety is important. Due to the hazards associated with their use, the following appliances may not be present in residence hall rooms:

  • Personal air conditioners
  • Grills (including George Foreman grills)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Immersion coals
  • Oil,kerosene, and gas lamps  

  • Open-coiled appliances

  • Steam vaporizers
  • Waterbeds
  • Microwaves
  • Any appliance attached to multiple extension cords

These appliances may only be used in designated cooking areas or kitchens:

  • Coffee makers
  • Electrical appliances with heating elements
  • Hot pots  
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Toasters/Toaster ovens