Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
Zachary Gostlin - Spring 2013
"Given the massive experience I received from the Washington Center, it is certain that the lessons learned here will resonate for years to come. The friends I have made, the knowledge I have gained, and the confidence I have built are all a testament to the hard work that I completed over the semester. The knowledge of the professional environment through the academic course and the internship will be invaluable when I transition from a student to the workforce. The opportunity to just experience Washington, D.C. was also a tremendous opportunity to step outside the classroom and gain experience in how the government actually operates."
Near East South Asian Center for Strategic Studies (NESA)
Sean Martinez - Spring 2013
"The skills that I have developed from my time in Washington, D.C. have been academic, leadership techniques, and networking. . . . I am as undecided about what I want to do as a career, as I was before this program. The difference, however, is now I am more informed about the different career paths, and have contacts in each one that I can contact for help anytime. The day that I do decide which path is right for me, I will be able to contact someone in that field and take the right steps down that path. Whatever career I choose, my experiences this semester have academically, professionally, and mentally prepared me for success."
Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation
Matthew Brown - Summer 2013
"My experience in Washington, D.C. has definitely been one that has changed my perspective of myself as a leader, person, and part of society. I now feel more confident in myself and more able to achieve my goals. . . . It was a powerful experience to finally be around people who shared my ambition and motivation. . . . This has been my first experience living in a true urban area and seeing society from that perspective definitely changed how I felt about my role in the world. Truly transformative experiences come along very rarely in life, and the Washington Center definitely delivered on the promise that was repeated over and over again the opening moments of the opening ceremony."
Washington Strategic Consulting
Joy Johnson - Summer 2013
"The idea of spending the summer in our nation's capital, where all major policy decisions and ground-breaking legislation are made, brought on an exhilarating sense of anticipation for me. . . . Being able to learn more about an area of government, such as legislation and public policy, which I am thoroughly interested in, has been better than I could have ever imagined. On top of this, participating in my internship and the other facets of The Washington Center program have made this a worthwhile experience that I will not soon forget. . . . I have been able to see, hear and learn about so many things that I would not be exposed to in my home state of Michigan. . . . I am grateful to have this opportunity and will continue to use the skills I gained participating in The Washington Center program upon returning to my home university and beyond."
United States Marshals Service B National Sex Offender Targeting Center
Ryan Shaver - Fall 2013
"My time interning at the National Sex Offender Targeting Center, through The Washington Center program, has honestly been one of the best parts of my college career. I was very lucky to land the internship that I did, as it fit my own interest areas almost perfectly. . . . This semester I also learned a great deal about leadership and how one becomes a leader. The overarching lesson I walk away with is that leadership is about taking initiative, communication, learning to trust others and earning their trust in return. . . .In total, my experiences here in D.C. have helped better prepare me for my chosen path, and also helped me realize that I wasn't interested in an alternative path that I had been considering."
Internship at Tech America
Nathaniel Wiebenga - Fall 2013
"I came here to live and grow and that is exactly what I have done. I lived with a Greek, a Brazilian, and an Indian. . . .This has been an amazing opportunity. I was blessed with great roommates who have turned into, hopefully, lifelong friends. I was blessed with a great internship opportunity. I had one of the best supervisors I could have asked for. I was given a lot of responsibility and held accountable but I never worried that he didn't trust me or think I couldn't handle something. I got an opportunity to connect with the community and tutor kids in an inner city school. I missed home a lot. I was scared. I didn't want to come to D.C. in the beginning of the semester. I thought I had made a mistake. Now I don't want to leave."
Internship at Whittmer and Worrall (lobbying firm)
Katie Conley – Spring 2014
"Coming to Washington, DC, I had no idea what to expect for any aspect of my experience. Speaking to my closest friend before I left home, I was afraid of not making friends, not being successful, and really not knowing what I would get out of this experience. One thing I did know, however, was that this was the opportunity of a lifetime – one that had me more excited than I had been for my study abroad. . . . Although I am a political science student with an obvious interest in government affairs, I had no idea that my life would bring me to the epicenter of American politics. This semester has been as transformational as they said it would be at orientation and perhaps one of the best of my life."
Internship at the Open World Leadership Center
Jacob Parry – Fall 2014
"My semester in Washington D.C. has been life changing. . . . Before even arriving in Washington, I thought this was going to be a turning point in my life. Now reflecting, I can say with full confidence I was right. The skills I have honed here and the people I met have opened avenues and doors for me I didn't know existed. . . . I have grown professionally, personally, and academically. . . . My Washington Center experience will certainly be one I always remember, and the lessons and knowledge I have learned while being here will assist me in all of my future endeavors."
United Planning Organization
Michael Vermeesch, Spring 2015
"I am sad that my time in Washington, D.C. is coming to an end. The semester has gone by so fast! The Washington Center has been an amazing experience and I will recommend it to everyone I meet."
International Center for Terrorism Studies at The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Tyler Townes, Fall 2015
"Overall the Washington Center as well as the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies has had an immense impact on me as a young professional. Before I came to D.C., I would not have considered giving myself that label."
Michael Jacques, Spring 2014
"Above everything else I am thankful for resulting from this internship, the foundation it has laid for my future goals and aspirations is the most gratifying. The Washington Center has honestly been the greatest blessing, because it has taught me about the wide variety of options I have for the future. My time in this internship program could not have been better spent, and I would most certainly not trade it for any other experience in my life."
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Rebecca Milhouse, Summer 2014
"This program is more than just an internship; it is a great opportunity to live, work and explore D.C. and make friends with students from across the country and around the world." The Washington Center program overall is the greatest learning experience I have had. My civic engagement, academic course, and my internship have all helped me learn and grow as a person."
Testimonials - Academic Seminars
Dan Urchick, National Security Seminar, Summer 2015
"So many interesting people to hear from and network with, both lecturers and fellow students."
Jeb Allen, National Security Seminar, Summer 2015
"The speakers are excellent and they make it challenging."
James Jimenez, Inside Washington Seminar, Spring 2015
"I met a bunch of really great people and saw things through lens that I had not used before. Of course, it certainly helped that it was my first time in DC, which made my time there all the more cherished. A childhood dream of mine became reality."
For more information, please contact our TWC co-liasions, Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, email@example.com or Dr. Thomas Greitens, (989)774-3862, firstname.lastname@example.org.