Get a Head Start

I'll already have internship experience which will set me apart from my peers.

Through classes and workshops, I've learned valuable interview and networking skills. I now have a polished resume, know how to write a cover letter, and feel prepared to apply for future jobs and internships. And going to college, I'll already have internship experience which will set me apart from my peers.

Read about Isabelle's experience

Shape a Future of Success

American University Gap offers an academic and internship experience in our nation's capital, providing the perfect springboard to develop a foundation for future academic and career success.

The Gap Program is designed for students who are finishing high school early or for those who are taking time or want a different experience before transitioning to college. We based the Gap Program on our hallmark Washington Semester Program - a leader in providing internships for more than 70 years.

Key Benefits

  • Attend a semester seminar in American Politics, International Affairs, or Global Business
  • Visit nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses
  • Meet with local, national, and global experts
  • Receive one-on-one support with developing a resume, writing cover letters, and cultivating interview skills
  • Intern at a D.C. organization
  • Gain insight to determine a course of study or career avenue
  • Live on AU's campus
  • Join clubs and organizations
  • Earn college credit and have a college transcript at the end of your Gap experience
Gap Year Association Program (seal)


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

AU Gap has an average of 8-10 students per cohort

Top Internships: Capitol Hill, Voice of America, 1776, and The Federalist Society

87 percent of American University Gap students said their internship was in their field of interest or provided them with a desired skillset and contacts

Challenge Yourself


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Students, faculty, and staff describe the breadth of the AU Gap Program.