There is no better way to learn about domestic and international politics then to experience it. Through American University's Washington Semester program students get a first hand look at Washington D.C., gain knowledge, and experience and make contacts that are useful for their career tracks. Minimum GPA required by host program: 2.5 GPA.


Find Washington Semester classes. (Classes are called "courses")

Study in the USA's capital city! Program participants take seminar classes with American University faculty, which include guest speakers from related professions. All students serve as interns in companies, government agencies, or organizations in their field of interest. Students also have the option to take an additional elective class at American University or conduct a research project during the semester. 


Students live in fully furnished and equipped apartments close to campus, leased by TurnKey Housing.


The Washington D.C. program is available during either Fall or Spring semesters. The Fall semester starts in early September and ends mid December; Spring semester starts early January and ends early May.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. 

Other Information

These are examples of possible locations for internships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Amnesty International
  • Brookings Institution
  • Earth justice
  • EPA
  • Foreign embassies
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Senate Committee for National Security
  • U.S. Congressional offices
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • CBS News
  • NBC (WRC-TV)

Pre-departure Resources

Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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