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Procedures for Internships in Washington, D.C.

There is a two-step application procedure to participate in a Washington internship. The first step is applying to the College for permission to study in Washington, D.C. The second step is applying for the Washington internship program. In addition to completing the internship program's requirements, students also complete an evaluation and reflective essay about their experience.

Applying to the College

The application process involves completing an application, including recommendations from your academic advisor and a faculty member, by October 10 (for spring internships) or by December 15 (for summer internships) and by February 25 (for fall internships).The College will review your application and notify you in writing as to whether you are eligible to participate in a Washington internship. The minimum requirements for eligibility are that you:

  • plan to apply to an approved Washington internship program (after you have received approval from the College)
  • have earned at least 60 credits
  • have a 2.5 GPA or higher

Special support is available to junior political science majors who aspire to careers in public service and are applying to American University's Washington Semester program. Learn more about applying for the Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship.

Once you have received the College's permission, you may proceed to the second step in the application process.

Applying to the Washington, D.C., Internship Program

This process is handled through your academic advisor:

  • Once the College Office notifies you of your eligibility to serve an internship in Washington, D.C., schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to prepare your application by the published deadline.
  • Once the application is complete, mail the application to the appropriate program.
  • The program to which you are applying will then review your application and notify you or your academic advisor whether you are accepted.
  • Once you receive your acceptance, consult with your advisor on registration and other requirements, as well as how to notify the Housing Office, Financial Aid Office and the Office of the Registrar of your plans.

If you have questions about applying to the College for permission participate in a Washington internship program, or if you have questions about applying to a specific program, please contact your academic advisor.

Evaluations and Essays

Before Duquesne awards credit for an internship in Washington, D.C., students must submit a short essay analyzing their experience and an evaluation of the program. The College will make these essays and evaluations available to future students who are considering an internship in Washington, D.C., to help them decide on the best program to meet their needs.