WSP Summer Program

Washington Semester Program Summer
American University’s Washington Semester Program (WSP) Summer is an opportunity for students to spend a summer in DC, work in a DC internship, and earn academic credit. Now in its 76th year, WSP has enabled 50,000+ students from hundreds of domestic and international universities to live, work, and study in Washington, DC. 

The WSP motto “DC Is Our Classroom” highlights the unique value of the program—combining experiential learning from a nationally ranked university with structured and supervised internships at some of DC’s most prestigious and dynamic institutions. 

Summer Program:

  • 8-week program
  • Internship: 4 days a week
  • Course: 1 day a week
  • Housing: TurnKey luxury apartments
  • American University Services + Resources

Summer 2024 Requirements

Summer 2024

Selective Washington, DC organizations require applications as early as November 15. To be eligible for competitive internships that may mandate security clearances and follow-up, apply early. Note the priority and early deadlines:

February 1
Priority Application deadline
Admission is on a rolling basis.
Apply early for better access to competitive internships.
March 31
Final Application Deadline
Cannot guarantee TurnKey housing after this date! After this date, housing is provided on a rolling basis as space is available.
April 15
Deposit Deadline & Housing Deadline
June 5
Orientation start
June 6
Internships start
June 7
Classes start
July 26
Classes end
July 28
Internships end

*All deposits are non-refundable


enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university
graduated with a bachelor's in the past year
completed at least two semesters (or 24 credits)
possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
International students studying at U.S. universities are welcome to apply. We do not provide visa support for our summer program.

To Apply:

  1. Create an account.
  2. Check with your home school advisor or study off-campus office on credit transfer.
  3. After you have created an account, complete the application.
  4. After you have submitted the first portion of your application, you must return to your account and complete supplemental items (once you refresh the page, supplemental items should be an option).

    Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items.
  • Official transcript from your home institution
  • Resume

Please submit all supplemental items electronically. Your certified electronic transcript should be sent to through your home institution. If your institution cannot issue an electronic copy, please let us know at

WSP Summer 2024

You’ll have access to hundreds of internship openings and thousands of internship leads in our program online database. There are a wide variety of sectors where WSP Summer students find internships, including:

The Arts      
Digital Media  
Foreign Policy             
Social Justice

  • Step 1: “DC Ready” resume & cover letter development
  • Step 2: Interview Training
  • Step 3: WSP Internship Database support
  • Step 4: Getting you to yes

Experienced WSP faculty and administrators work with you and your internship supervisors to help you have a great internship experience. 

We’ll help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your internship and future job—skills like communication, professionalism, teamwork, and conflict resolution—through a mix of career exploration workshops, professional skills building sessions, alumni and employer networking events, and advising with our dedicated internship coaches and professional faculty.

WSP Summer courses focus on internship support and career exploration. Your experienced AU faculty member will prepare you to meet with national and global experts to discuss their career paths and professional experiences.  

You can choose one from the courses listed below!

3-Credit Course Options In-Person

  • In the Politics and Law course, you might meet with a WSP alum who works on Capitol Hill and get their advice on finding a job in a Congressional office and the skills and coursework that help staffers succeed in the workplace. 
  • In the International Affairs course, you might meet with a WSP alum who interned at Voice of America to learn about their organizational culture and roles for entry-level employees. 
  • In the Career Readiness course, you will cultivate growth as you
    • develop self-knowledge
    • design a meaningful career path
    • and take action to explore varied career options.

      You will learn how to leverage past work experience and skill-building opportunities via in-depth career training, along with a customized internship experience.

1-Credit Course Option 100% virtual

  • In the Career Readiness course, you will have the flexibility to learn virtually while you intern. In the career-readiness course, you will cultivate growth as you develop self-knowledge; design a meaningful career path; and take action to explore varied career options. You will learn how to leverage past work experience and skill-building opportunities via in-depth career training, along with a customized internship experience.
  • If you're looking to the summer program from a location outside of Washington, DC, you can pair this class with a fully virtual internship.
    Just let your internship coach know that you're opting for a fully virtual internship at your 1st 1:1 coaching session!

Based on availability, you have multiple options for summer housing:

  • Premium apartments with TurnKey Housing solutions options
Double Space Cost per Semester (Shared bathroom/bed)
Single Space Cost per Semester(Private bedroom/private bathroom)

More details to come

Summer 2024
Description Amount

3-credit Internship + Internship Course

1-credit Internship + Internship Course



Program fee $30

Note: Washington Semester Program does not sponsor visas for students in the summer program.


Double Space Cost per Semester
(Shared bathroom/bed)

Single Space Cost per Semester
(Private bedroom/private bathroom)

AU Health Insurance
Description Amount
Summer coverage only1
May 1, 2023 – July 31, 2023

Health insurance is required. Students may provide their own coverage or choose the AU summer health insurance plan. Students must be taking 6 credits to enroll in the AU summer health insurance plan.