Summer Interns Embark on a Semester of Achievement

Summer Interns Embark on a Semester of Achievement

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Christian Holm
June 01, 2015

Summer is synonymous with internships in the Washington, D.C. area, and more than 500 students from around the world kicked off theirs through The Washington Center on Thursday, May 28.


The cohort and their families got an early dose of Washington’s sultry summer weather on Wednesday, May 28, surviving an abnormally hot and humid check-in day. On Thursday, students enjoyed cooler environs, filing into the Residential and Academic Facility to begin orientation. They met with their professional track advisors and learned about the academic and civic engagement projects they will tackle over the next 10 weeks. On Friday, several programs – including Law And Criminal Justice and Advocacy, Service and Arts – hosted panel discussions with TWC alumni. Grace Rivera ’09, Jasmine LaMar ’11, Paul Lyons ’13, Michael Murphy ’11, Lindsay Keller ’06 and Ben Peoples ’14 shared advice with students ranging from how to impress your internship supervisor to how to navigate the Metro.


This summer’s cohort is among TWC’s strongest, boasting an average GPA of 3.4 and a wealth of cultural and geographic diversity, representing more than a dozen countries.


Hannah Minogue Liginski, a student at the University of South Florida and intern with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, hopes to use this semester to gain insight and empathy for those she will be helping at her internship.


"In addition to expanding my professional skills, I really want to learn more about how we can have a real impact on those who need our help, beyond just good policy," she said.


President Mike Smith gave a warm welcome for the incoming class, praising them for achieving a Washington, D.C., internship – but encouraging them to reach even higher through their TWC experiences.


“You chose to make a big up-front investment in yourself and it’s going to pay off,” Smith said. “It takes a high aptitude, a good attitude and a lot of motivation to be successful in this town. If you’re smart enough and willing to take a chance, you’re going to do well here.”


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