TWC Recognized by the University of Mount Union for Lasting Partnership

TWC Recognized by the University of Mount Union for Lasting Partnership

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Kinsey Holloway
October 06, 2016

High-impact learning is often traced back to high-impact partnerships and The Washington Center is proud of its longstanding relationship with the University of Mount Union. Since it began, more than 70 students have taken advantage of the transformational experiences made possible through this affiliation. Although not an employer in the traditional sense, TWC was selected as the University of Mount Union’s “Employer of the Month” for September 2016. This recognition celebrated TWC’s partnership, as well as its engaged presence and interaction with students on campus.


TWC’s outstanding liaisons always serve as a key resource for prospective students. Director of Career Development and Mount Union liaison Sara Fugett is dedicated to connecting students with the opportunities that TWC offers and her work has been critical to growth in participation over the years. Fugett highlighted the comprehensive nature of TWC’s program.

“It provides for an academic class, an internship experience, professional development programming, networking opportunities and exposure to other students and professionals from all over the world.”

Fugett also noted how meaningful TWC’s collaboration is to her and her colleagues across the institution.

“The individual attention that is provided to each student and the accessibility that I have to TWC staff make the program strong. I have confidence that any concerns will be addressed quickly and that Mount Union students will receive not only a good internship, but a good overall experience in Washington, D.C.”


The support of faculty members in a variety of disciplines also helps to facilitate student interest in TWC’s program. Mount Union professors have assisted in preparing students for their internships and have written countless recommendation letters for program applicants. Several faculty members shared their perspectives with us:


“As a Department Chair, I was especially intrigued by the information TWC’s campus representative shared with my students. I’m considering that we review the department’s current policy to remove any significant restrictions that might make it difficult for students to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

- Mark W. McConnell, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Department of Economics, Accounting & Business Administration


“My students have always come back from the experience energized, focused, and ready to move toward the next step in life. TWC takes a deliberate approach to helping students sort out personal goals and how they will achieve them.”

- Lori Kumler, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies


“I had a student who interned with TWC and he told me it was the most valuable experience of his education. What impressed me the most was the level of maturity and a renewed sense of commitment to his education that he brought back from his internship.”

- Theresa M. Davis, PhD, Department of History


During TWC’s visit to the University of Mount Union this month, I spent two days speaking with prospective students as a campus representative about the D.C. based academic internship program, assisting with students’ professional development and walking students through mock interviews and provided feedback on their performance and delivery.


Maggie O’Donnell, a freshman pursuing majors in Finance and Marketing, told us why she thinks engaging with TWC on campus was so valuable. “I took away many great tips on how to improve my speaking skills and how to properly formulate adequate responses to the questions, such as relating what my answers are back to the organization itself,” O'Donnell said.

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