Brochure for the Graduate Gateway Program at American University School of Professional & Extended Studies
GRADUATE GATEWAY ONE PART GRAD SCHOOL ONE PART INTERNSHIP KNOW YOUR NEXT STEP ahead of the pack? It starts one step at a time. Make your next step American University’s Graduate Gateway Program. A unique post-graduate semester of You’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. Now you need the connections and foundation to boost your resume and really pave the way toward personal and professional success. In today’s competitive post-graduate market, how do you get specialized coursework and hands-on work experience, AU’s Graduate Gateway allows you to take advantage of unmatched opportunities to study and connect in Washington, D.C. Keep your foot in the ‘door’ of academia, while earning credits and interning three to four days a week. It’s the best of both worlds, whether you pursue graduate school or move forward on your career path. Learn from leaders—in classroom settings, on site visits that can only be found in our nation’s capital, on the job as an intern, and through seminars and special events. With dynamic elds of study from science to public policy, your path to establishing a career foundation or submitting a top-notch graduate school application starts with a Graduate Gateway semester at AU. american.edu/spexs/grad KNOW YOUR COURSE OF STUDY At AU, the city is our classroom. As a Graduate Gateway student, you’ll engage with Washington, D.C. Choose from unparalleled learning tracks, expertly tailored to match high-quality education with life-changing, hands-on work experience. Graduate Gateway students have access to AU’s School of Professional & Extended Studies internship database—the largest of its kind focusing on opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area. Many employers specifically turn to Graduate Gateway for their semester interns. WHO’S IN THE KNOW HANNAH C M CARTHY, FALL ‘12 Changing World of the News Media Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Goal: “To put my liberal arts foundation to valuable use in the creative ﬁelds.” Elective Course: Environmental and Wildlife Production Internship: JWM Productions JASON SPRING ‘12 International MUMMA, Affairs Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations Goal: “To land on my feet in Washington, D.C.” Elective Course: Advanced Analytical Techniques Internship: The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, a conﬂict resolution NGO Outcome: “Within two weeks of starting my internship, I was offered a position as a production assistant and have been working at the same company since completing Graduate Gateway.” Outcome: “This experience opened other doors for me. The following summer, I interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I currently live and work in Budapest, but am planning to return to D.C. to complete my graduate education.” Interning at the White House is something I will never forget. I met the most sincere people there. They motivated me to pursue my dreams, even if it seems impossible sometimes. CLASS AVERAGE 2012 – 2013 PROFILE 10 UNDERGRADUATE SIZE INSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED 82 AVERAGE INCOMING UNDERGRADUATE GPA 3.4 EXAMPLES OF RECENT INTERNSHIPS Bank of America Center for International Media Assistance Clear Channel Communications (WIHT-FM Hot 99.5) College Republican National Committee Community Council for the Homeless Council on Hemispheric Affairs Henninger Media Services House Committee on Foreign Affairs Library of Congress National Museum of American History National Press Club Oceana The Pink Line Project Supreme Court Ofﬁce of the Curator US International Trade Commission Washington Capitals Washington, DC Economic Partnership The Washington Post White House Ofﬁce of Presidential Correspondence World Wildlife Fund WRC-TV/NBC 4 DC, Sports Department WTTG/WDCA-Fox Television Stations, Inc. Youth Leadership Foundation APPLIED POLITICS How does Washington, D.C., really work? Learn the inside scoop from lobbyists, journalists, and congressional sta ers. Take advantage of the city’s wealth of networking opportunities as you discover the ins and outs of Capitol Hill. Curriculum: Applied Politics Seminar Graduate elective in the School of Public Affairs Internship in politics in Washington, D.C. Internship experiences may include: Government Accountability Project Human Rights Campaign Congressional and Senate Ofﬁces Women & Politics Institute U.S. Department of Homeland Security Hudson Institute I interned at Campaign for America’s Future, and I was given substantive work, which included bill summaries and analysis about current pieces of legislation. Sean McMartin, Fall 2011 GLOBAL BUSINESS & TRADE Today’s age of globalization brings with it new ways of doing business. Learn about the importance of generating jobs, accelerating economic growth, and advancing standards of living throughout the developed and developing world. Both the seminar and the internship provided great networking opportunities. Einar-Andre Jakobsen, Fall 2011 CHANGING WORLD OF THE NEWS MEDIA Media moves at the speed of light. Keep up with the ever-evolving information age with studies in online media, politics and the press, and the changing eld of television news. Meet key players in D.C.’s startup scene and learn strategic communication best practices. Curriculum: Changing World of the Media Seminar Graduate elective in the School of Communication Communications internship in Washington, D.C. Internship experiences may include: Newseum CNN The Washington Post Center for Independent Media Hudson Institute I learned a lot and met successful people in the ﬁeld I want to work in. Courtney Hanley, Fall 2011 Curriculum: Global Business & Trade Seminar Graduate elective in the Kogod School of Business Global business internship in Washington, D.C. Internship experiences may include: U.S. Department of Commerce Recording Industry Association of America World Bank Group Consumer Federation of America Morgan Stanley Smith Barney FIND OUT MORE Graduate Gateway Program School of Professional & Extended Studies American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016 202.895.4859 firstname.lastname@example.org american.edu/spexs/grad GraduateGateway @GraduateGateway BIOTECHNOLOGY Examine purpose, create e ciencies, improve well-being, and ensure e ective product development—all by studying science, one of the fastest growing career elds. Work on projects that focus on scienti c innovation and gain a foundation for graduate studies. A host of cutting-edge careers that intersect science, industry, and government are waiting for you. Fall semester track: Molecular Biology Research Methodology, Biology OR Science Writing Spring semester track: Regulatory Science Biotechnology OR Statistical Methods Biotechnology internship in Washington, D.C. Internship experiences may include: National Institutes of Health (NIH) D.C. is home to top organizations that are innovating the next evolution of science at a national and global level. Greg Busse, Director, Graduate Studies in the Professional Sciences, College of Arts and Science INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Culture, economics, policy, and power are critical issues of our time. Shape history with a career in con ict resolution, international law, or cross-cultural communication. Drive policy through work in government, an NGO, global industry, or academia. Curriculum: International Affairs Seminar Graduate elective in the School of International Service International affairs internship in Washington, D.C. Internship experiences may include: U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Peace Corps U.S. Agency for International Development European Parliament Liaison Ofﬁce My favorite aspect of Graduate Gateway was being able to meet professionals and diplomats who worked in various ﬁelds. Brittani Harris, Spring 2012 For information regarding the accreditation and licensing of American University, please visit american.edu/academics. Biotechnology internship in Washington, D.C.