DC Internship Countdown
Cornerstone DC is a perfect opportunity to pursue an internship based on your intended major or area of interest. Your engagement prior to the start of your internship semester is vital to your success in securing placement.
In addition to the key dates listed below, there will be scheduled Career Center events (virtual and in-person)and other resources useful to your internship experience. See the Career Center page for schedule updates.
Details for the following events will be communicated to the students. Current students can check their Canvas site for more details.
Key Program Dates:
8/16/2022 - Wednesday, 7:00pm EST - Virtual Event: Your Resume + Cover Letter for a DC Internship
8/19/2022 - Friday, 11:59pm EST - Priority Deadline for resume and cover letter
9/15/2022 - Thursday, 5:30pm EST - Virtual Event: How to Find an Internship
9/22/2022 - Thursday, 5:30pm EST - In-Person Event: Interview Like a Pro
10/11/2022 - Tuesday, 5:30pm EST - In-Person Event: Your Resume + Cover Letter for a DC Internship
10/14/2022 - Friday, 11:59pm EST - Final Deadline for resume and cover letter
10/18/2022 - Tuesday, 5:30pm EST - In-Person Event: How to Find an Internship
10/26/2022 - Wednesday, 5:30pm EST - In-Person Event: Cornerstone Alumni Panel
Cornerstone DC is part of the AU University College living-learning community (LLC) that combines the best elements of college life—meeting new people, residence hall living, studying with top-notch professors—with a supervised internship experience. Joining the Cornerstone DC community helps you make the most of your first year, which focuses on professional growth and development.
AU Cornerstone has between 150 – 170 students. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
Here is a breakdown of program costs.
The Cornerstone program is reserved for full time, first year degree-seeking students at AU; therefore, financial aid is available for those who qualify and may be applied to this program. For information about financing options, consult with your university financial aid counselor.
AU Courses provide students the opportunity for active learning, collaboration, teamwork, and interactive discussions. More information on the program courses is available on the curriculum webpage.
International students in F-1 immigration status are eligible for on-campus professional learning placements for 20 hours/week as part of Cornerstone’s Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) class. Note that international students in F-1 immigration status are NOT eligible for off-campus placements and therefore receive special support to confirm an on-campus internship placement. After one academic year of full-time AU enrollment, students are eligible for off campus employment and/or internships through Curricular Practical Training.
There are no prerequisites. You will intern two or three days each week. The MFP is graded – comprised of the practicum supervisor evaluation (one at mid-term and one at the end of semester; 40% of the final grade) and the MFP professor's course grade (60% of the final grade).
You are given the tools to secure placement on your own, with guidance from your MFP professor and Cornerstone staff.
You will work with program staff to create and finalize your resume and cover letter. Then, you are given access to the AU Intern and Learn Internship Database, which has thousands of placement leads exclusively available for our students.
You will attend the internship Fair, where you can meet with organizations (50-100). In addition, you also work with your MFP professor and staff to develop search criteria and strategies to secure placement.
You can obtain a placement in a variety of fields. In the past, students have had placements with Congressional Offices, lobbyists, nonprofits, veterinarian offices, art companies, research institutions, and businesses. The type of job responsibilities completed varies from position to position.
After securing an internship, you and your supervisor will create and sign an Experiential Learning Form (ELF), which guarantees that 85% of job responsibilities will be substantial (meaning it should not only be coffee runs or making copies). While these tasks may sometimes occur, your overall experience should provide insight into a particular field.
The Experiential Learning Form is reviewed and signed by your supervisor and MFP professor.
You will start to make contacts, build skills, and gain real-world experience. Placements are across multiple areas of interest ranging from politics and social justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, business, the arts, and sciences.
You have full access to all AU facilities and activities. These include computer labs, library, fitness centers, resource centers, clubs, campus events including noteworthy guest speakers.
First-year resident students, are not allowed to bring cars. Under special circumstances, students may be granted permission, but this must be arranged with campus transportation services.
First-year students living on-campus are required to have a minimum of 175-block meal plan each semester. However, you may opt to have a larger 200, 225, or 250-block meal plans.
You have access to the Student Health Center, located on AU’s campus. DC law states that all students must have health insurance - through their parents or through AU. If you have insurance by way of your parent's plan or your own, you can waive AU Health Insurance through your myAU.american.edu portal. More information about the Student Health Center and insurance requirements is available on the website.
Housing & Residence Life at AU will assign students to their cohort floor. Students in living-learning communities will room with other students in the same cohort.
University College housing is mandatory for Cornerstone students.
You are able to add your name to a waitlist by selecting the waitlist option on the UC and Cornerstone Reservation Form. There are no guarantees a spot will open, though you can still be included in University College.