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  • Please contact Seth Speyer, Executive Director of Planned Giving at 202-885-3411 or

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    4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20016


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Internships Make Knowledge Come Alive

Emily DeMarco

Many AU students, including Emily DeMarco, KSB '18, have benefited from their internships.

American University students access exciting learning opportunities in D.C. and beyond. Ninety percent of recent AU graduates participated in at least one internship.1 AU alumni say internships, more than any other activity, had the greatest impact on their college experience.2

Yet students may find it a challenge to participate. Some internships are unpaid; others offer minimal pay. Many of these professional experiences require spending for travel and other expenses. Resources are available through some AU schools or departments to help support student internships, research, or travel. For example, the Eagle Internship Fund administered by the Career Center offers stipends to financially eligible students participating in unpaid government or nonprofit internships.

"My internship allowed me to gather skills and experiences that I talked about in job interviews—I was later offered a full-time position at Freddie Mac where I am now," says Elijah Marquez, KSB '17. He believes the Eagle Internship Fund levels the playing field. "Low-income students who must work to pay for school have a tough time trying to also hold an internship that requires 20-plus hours in the office."

"I interned at a small international nonprofit that solidified my interest in peace and conflict resolution," says Reagan Williams, SIS '18. "I left with regional knowledge, connections in D.C., and supportive mentors. Without it, I would feel much farther behind my peers who had the financial means to complete unpaid internships throughout college."

Emily DeMarco, KSB '18, interned on Capitol Hill in Representative Kay Granger's office. "My time on the Hill provided valuable experience for a business career. Plus, interning while being a full-time student hones your work ethic and discipline."

Seventy-nine percent of employers want colleges to emphasize internships and projects that teach skills in real-world settings.3 Such internship experience is an integral part of the AU culture. Students have the freedom to pursue these opportunities through the support of donor-funded scholarships and awards.

Your Support Matters

You can make a difference in the lives of AU students. Contact Seth Speyer, Executive Director of Planned Giving at or 202-885-3411 today to discuss ways to contribute to their success in the classroom, in the field, and beyond.

1AU Graduation Census 2014-2017.
22016 AU Alumni Attitude Survey.
3Association of American Colleges & Universities/Hart Research Associates (2010), "Raising the Bar: Employers' Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to American University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to American University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to AU or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to AU as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to AU as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and AU where you agree to make a gift to AU and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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