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David C. Brown, director of American University’s Washington Semester Internship Program, presented a graphic overview of the program last week in room 104 of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Five Lafayette students participated in the program last fall. Students can spend a semester in the nation’s capital taking courses for full credit and completing an internship related to their field of study through the program. Upon successful completion, they earn 12-16 American University credits (depending on program choice) that are transferrable.

Each semester, approximately 400 students from more than 150 colleges and universities participate in one of 12 programs — American politics, economic policy, foreign policy, IT and telecom policy, international business and trade, international environment and development, journalism, justice, peace and conflict resolution, public law, transforming communities, and women and public policy.

The semester has three parts:

Seminar — Students receive a schedule from their professor for the next week’s activities, which include field trips, reading assignments, discussions, debates, class presentations, and the agenda for guest speakers who are experts in their field (about 50 per semester).

Internship — Students are assisted in finding an internship related to their field. The university has an online database with more than 2,000 different internships at thousands of sites in the D.C. metro area. Students intern for two days a week when they are not in seminar classes.

Research Project or Elective Class — Students conduct an in-depth research project or take an elective class.

Those who could not attend the presentation and want more information about this opportunity should contact Cyrus Fleck Jr., special assistant to the president, at 610-330-5069.

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