Journalism in the Public Interest


American University

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Internships 3.5-stars Based on 2 ratings
Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars Based on 2 ratings
1 Paid 1 Unpaid
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  • GM 2:21 p.m.
    April 18, 2014
    Major: Communications, 2013
    Internship 2.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 1.0-stars
    Payment Paid

    My internship was paid (minimum wage), but I ended up doing work that wasn't within the scope of my field of study( communications), despite being told that this was the role. I ended up updating 10 years of financial records into a digital database which I managed. My school has little to no involvement in overseeing my internship and I was only required to write a one paragraph explanation of what I did for the internship. At the end of the internship, my direct supervisor enthusiastically agreed to write me a recommendation, only to be told at the last minute by his supervisor that they had a "policy" against speaking about intern outside organization. This "policy" was never explained to me prior to accepting the internships, and obviously hinders my ability to network or gain references from this experience. I sought guidance from my internship advisor, and he agreed that it was wrong but never reached out to the organization, and I've since seen them accept other interns from American University, which leads me to believe they are suffering the same fate as I did.

  • MDH 4:02 p.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Law, 2009
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 5.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    Interned with House Ways and Means committee and learned much more than I ever could have in a classroom. It made other courses more relevant as I was living processes I was studying. The internship led to a job on Capitol Hill that would have been very unlikely without it. Am still paying off the student loan that mad it possible, but would not trade the experience for the world.


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