Interns Credit Federal Partnerships for Once In a Lifetime Opportunity

Interns Credit Federal Partnerships for Once In a Lifetime Opportunity

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Christian Holm
December 17, 2015

Mark Ghaly and Ben Litwin were no strangers to public affairs prior to coming through the Federal Diversity Initiative program in fall 2015. Ghaly, a student at George Mason University and Litwin, a public policy graduate student at George Washington University have long been preparing for careers in public service – a D.C internship being the final touch on a resume built for public policy careers.


Ghaly and Litwin took the time to share their perspective on how the program affected the trajectory of their young careers and how they hope a federal internship sets up their next big career move.


D.C is the Ideal City for an Intern


Ghaly, who interned with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, came to TWC to complete his first full time internship. When asked why he chose D.C as his first stop for full time professional development, Ghaly credited the unique blend of youth and opportunity D.C offers for motivating him to step out of his comfort zone and take the next step.


“I am originally from Richmond, Virginia, this is my first full-time internship. I came to D.C not only because it’s the nation's capital, but also because it’s a very young city filled with endless opportunities that blossom the longer you stay here,” Ghaly said. “I think D.C should be an obvious destination for any college student looking to gain professional experience.”


Becoming Part of the Team


Litwin, who interned with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has interned on several political campaigns in his home state of Delaware prior to the Federal program. Litwin emphasizes the value of working with an internship site that gives just as much as it gets from interns when reflecting on his time at the CFPB.


“I would want my internship site/supervisor to know how thankful I am for all the experiences I’ve had so far and how much of an impact it’s had in such a short time” said Litwin.


But an internship is more than just an internship, Litwin explains. He explains that working with a smart and hardworking team is what every would-be intern should be looking for when deciding to take up an opportunity.


“Not only have I been given great opportunities to learn from and work with extraordinary economists and financial analysts, but I have been welcomed in as part of the team, which has truly helped me grow into my role and continues to motivate me to find a way to do this as a career.”

The Washington Center offers the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative to help students from a wide variety of backgrounds access opportunities with selected government agencies. Positions are located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as well as in other regions across the United States.  This initiative is designed to assist the federal government with hiring and training the next generation of leaders. It is focused on supporting federal agencies so that they can meet the priorities of promoting diversity in the federal workforce, increasing the number of veterans hired by the government and increasing the representation of people with disabilities.

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