A Program of the American University
Subjects: Program options: American Politics - Foreign Policy - Global Economics & Business - International Environment & Development - International Law & Organizations - Journalism & New Media - Justice & Law - the Middle East & World Affairs - Peace & Conflict Resolution - Transforming Communities & Public Policy
An internship is required for each of the program options.
Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity.
Length: Semester or summer.
Credit: Generally 4.0 units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit) dependent on courses chosen. Includes 1.0 unit of internship credit.
Housing: On Campus Residence Halls or Off Campus Apartments
Cost: Albion College tuition plus supplemental covers program tuition. Students may apply for scholarship aid from American University.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Travel to/from Washington; housing (various room options are available); food (various meal plans are available); transportation locally and during vacation travel; textbooks (approximately $200-$300); entertainment; miscellaneous personal expenses. Students should keep in mind that Washington is a very expensive city; internships require local transportation and they should budget accordingly.
Faculty Advisor: Dyron Dabney, 319 Robinson Hall, e-mail:
Comments: Albion College students may apply for a partial tuition scholarship (up to $2,500) to help reduce the program charges. The program consists of a two-course seminar (study portion), an internship, and a research project. For full details on the summer program, go to: www.american.edu/spexs/summerintern/index.cfm
Dr. Leroy Miller, Director
Washington Semester Program
American University, School of Professional & Extended Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D. C. 20016-8083
Chicago Center website
Subjects: Founded in 1970, Chicago Center extends the classroom walls for students from all majors by providing professional internships and experience-based seminars. Internships are available in all fields and are tailored to each student’s professional goals and academic requirements. Chicago Center seminars are unique learning experiences that take place in the heart of Chicago’s neighborhoods, highlighting the diversity of America’s third largest city. Students earn a full term worth of credit for the internship and seminar experience.
Chicago Center provides housing to all students and introduces them to city living during a two-week orientation. Student housing is located in Hyde Park, a beautiful lakefront community that is home to Chicago Center’s office and staff. Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing and demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall semester, spring semester, or Summer.
Credit: 4.00 Albion units (16 semester hours). Two Albion College units for academic course work, two Albion College units for internship.
2.00 Albion Units for Summer program. (1 academic unit + 1 internship unit).
1.00 Albion Unit for Post Term
Housing: Chicago Center provides apartment style housing and a food budget to all students. All apartments are located in Hyde Park and are shared with other students in the program. Apartments are fully furnished and include Wi-Fi, laundry, and cable. Students are just blocks from the neighborhood shopping district and beautiful Lake Michigan.
Cost: Albion College tuition, room and board charges cover the Chicago Center program tuition, room, board, and program fees. The Chicago Center program fees include room, board, cultural events, texts, all in-city transportation and class fees. For summer and post-term students, the Albion College summer school tuition covers the tuition charges. The City Activity Expense fee is billed directly to the student, who then pays Chicago Center.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: $100 security deposit, City Activity Expense $300. For the summer: Program fee of $2,940 and City Activity Expense of $200. For the post-term: Program Fee of $1440 and City Activity Expense of $100.
Dr. Drew Christopher, 325B Olin,
Dr. Suellyn Henke, Olin 224,
Comments:Students intern full-time three days a week during the semester and four days a week during the summer. All students interview at multiple internship sites before making their decision and have access to Chicago Center’s extensive internship database. Class sizes are small (7-12) and allow for robust group discussions and personal feedback from instructors. The program is oriented toward understanding the diversity of experience in an urban setting, and allows students to engage with the city professionally and academically.
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
1515 E. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
ACM Chicago Program
Subjects: The ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with the city of Chicago. The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies – students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines. The program offers an innovative mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice. Students are able to explore the vital issues facing cities and the people who live and work in them, while digging deeper to relate these issues to their personal lives, education, and career aspirations.
The program is offered in both the fall and spring semester, and students earn a full semester worth of academic credit.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing and demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall or Spring Semester
Credit: 4.00 Albion units (16 semester hours). 1.0 unit internship, 1.0 unit core course, 1.0 units seminar course, 1.0 unit independent study project.
Housing: Students live with other Chicago Program participants in furnished, shared apartments in various neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago. While locations may vary each semester, apartments are located close to public transportation and a variety of amenities. The neighborhoods where students live are an integral part of the program, as students get involved with local community organizations and examine neighborhood issues as part of their classes.
Cost: Students pay Albion College tuition, plus the ACM program fee (which covers housing, field trips, some instructional materials, and a local transportation pass for the semester).
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Meals, travel to and from Chicago, materials and supplies, cultural events/entertainment, and miscellaneous personal expenses. For more information, go to the ACM Chicago Program cost page
Laurel Draudt, Robinson 106A,
Patrick McLean, Robinson 201B,
Comments: The ACM Chicago Program is open to students of any major. While the internship component of the program is important, the Chicago Program offers a balanced curriculum of two classes focused on Chicago, an independent study project (ISP), and the internship. The ISP gives students the chance to pursue a topic that relates to their personal and/or academic interests during the semester, and can take many forms, depending on the project. For examples of recent projects, see this resource page. The Chicago Program has a long history dating back to 1969, with over 5,000 alumni of the program.
Emily Gaul (
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
A Great Lakes Colleges Association Recognized Program
Subjects: The Philadelphia Center offers more than 800 internships and students from all majors are welcome. Students will earn a full semester's credit as they intern four days a week in an organization of their choice; live with fellow students throughout the city; learn through our city-based seminars; and experience life in one of the nation's most dynamic cities. TPC's full-time faculty and staff offer a unique and highly individualized program.
For more than 40 years, The Philadelphia Center has offered more than 6,000 college students a semester of experiential education, a unique hands-on opportunity geared toward professional, academic, and personal growth in an active urban environment. Students will work closely with TPC staff to choose career-building internships and independent living arrangements. TPC's seminars will provide insight into professional and urban life. At The Philadelphia Center, experiential education means that you influence and direct your learning.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall and Spring Semesters (or Learning Work -- an eight-week summer program)
Credit: 4.0 units: 2.0 units Urban Field Placement (Internship), 1.0 unit City Seminar, 1.0 unit Elective Seminar.
Housing: Homes or apartments (TPC assists students in locating reasonably priced, conveniently located housing). Students are housed in a hotel during initial orientation.
Program Advisor: John Bedient, Interim Director, Gerstacker Institute; e-mail:
Cost: Albion College tuition and fees covers program tuition and fees.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Housing, board and entertainment. You will not be paying room and board and those funds are applied to your living expenses in Philadelphia. Other expenses include one-time expenses for hotel/temporary housing, books, and travel to and from Philadelphia. Students are often required to make a one- to two-month security deposit for their housing.
Comments: The program is open to all majors and provides opportunities for professional and intellectual development while living in the city and learning in an experience-based and academic context. The internships involve working full-time four days a week (a minimum of 32 hours) at the internship sites. Students should note that no more than 4.0 units of internship can count toward graduation requirements.
121 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107