Jumpstart Your College Career

This program is a really unique way to start your college experience.

I interned with a nonprofit organization called Environment America, where I was tasked with lobbying both elected officials and the general public, researching environmental issues, preparing media press releases, and much more. I could not have made a better choice in helping to prepare myself for a successful college career. Now, I am double majoring in Political Science in the School of Public Affairs and Journalism in the School of Communication, as a result of my experience with my internship.

The Mentorship Program Fits with Your AU College Plan

Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News or at the National Institutes of Health, or even at the US Senate. Or imagine living abroad-using an international city and cultural excursions as an extension of your classroom.

Think about how these experiences will impact your understanding of world issues, how they could change your outlook on your major, or what they could mean to your future.

When you join the Mentorship Program, this can happen. Working with you along the way are an AU professor and an advisor, serving as your mentors and guiding your semester.

The American University Experience and AU Core

American University believes that curiosity goes hand in hand with the knowledge and expertise that characterize difference-makers. The Mentorship Program aligns with this philosophy because while in the program our students develop intellectual habits that strengthen their academic success. Since our courses focus on experiential learning and inquiry, students become engaged participants in the great conversations that will define the future.

In the Mentorship Program, students fulfill some of the AU Core (College Writing, Math, and AUx1), along with courses that count toward majors or elective requirements – all of which count toward degree completion.

One Enriching Program-Two Ways to Experience It

Washington, DC

You will live on AU's campus in a residence hall, join AU student activities, and have access to all of AU's student resources. An important component to this program is the Mentored Field Practicum course and practicum/internship. Helping you along the way is an AU professor, serving as your mentor and guiding your internship experience. Throughout your semester, you will read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. You also will meet one-on-one regularly with your professor to discuss your internship experience.

Bath, England

You will immerse yourself in another culture as you study in Bath, England with AU and our partner, Bath Spa University (BSU). You will be enrolled in a combination of AU and BSU courses - taking classes as a cohort on BSU's campus. Additionally, you will live in student housing on BSU's campus and have access to BSU's student services and activities.

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"Compare Programs: Washington, DC & Bath, England"
  Washington, DC Bath, England
Location Washington, DC Bath, England with AU partner Bath Spa University
Students 140-175 25-40
Dates Aug 20-Dec 15 Sep 18-Dec 15
Credits 12-15 15
Experiential Internship Experience in DC International immersion
Site Visits Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Memorial Museum London, Stonehenge
Mentorship Core Courses
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Mentored Field Practicum
  • College Writing
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Introduction to College Inquiry
  • College Writing (online)
Elective Courses Students select 1 or 2 from the following list:
  • Politics in the US
  • Mathematics or Statistics
  • Introduction to College Inquiry
 BSU courses:
 
  • Economics and Globalization
  • 1 BSU elective course
Housing AU residence hall with full access to AU's services and student clubs Flat-style living on BSU's campus and access to BSU student services and clubs
Cost $31,661 $32,114
 

Benefits

  • Earn 15 credits from hands-on courses that will transfer to your AU degree program in the spring semester.
  • Gain knowledge from professors who serve as mentors.
  • Develop close relationships with other students and faculty.

Program Brochure



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Informational Webinar

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Discover the benefits of the program from the perspective of Mentorship alumni.