- AU maintains numerous partnerships throughout DC’s public and private sector to provide experiential learning opportunities; 55% of CAS grad students take an internship during their program.
- AU offers flexibility with evening and summer courses to accommodate working students.
- Grad courses are capped at fifteen students, so faculty know their students by name.
- Opportunities like the Mathias Student Research Conference provide on-campus opportunities for students to present and share research.
In order to be professionals in today's world, faculty believe there has to be a practical component and a theoretical component. Our students have many opportunities for practical experiences. First of all, because we're in Washington DC, some of the institutions that we partner with to offer fellowships for grad students include the White House Historical Association, the DC preservation league, History Associates, which is a great research company and the National Coalition for history. We have a partnership with a think tank, it's called the Brookings Institution by offer or three candidates per semester and they'll pick one or two. Students often have the opportunity to take an internship or work collaboratively with an investigator at NIH to explore populations that may not be as accessible here at AU. Students that come in during a grant writing cycle get brought into that. We go to workshops with funders, we talk about the results that we've done. They go to conferences that have a lot of activity that they presentat. Students have gone to WSU. And those some of those students have gone to NPR. We've sent students to BBC. I can't count how many of our people are at Sirius XM. The public history program does fellowships with different nonprofit and for-profits in the community. So I am currently a fellow with a Peace Corps community archive that's through AU but other people are working through organizations that are doing preservation or advocacy work in the community. Our version of community outreach is to work with a musician to the DC area. Students get the benefit of working in a world class facility interacting with outside talent. I think that's invaluable. No matter what your program is. There's always opportunities for students to grow
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