The Washington Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Annual Gala


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The Washington Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Annual Gala

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Teresa Rodrìguez, co-anchor of Univision’s "Aquí y Ahora” to emcee that highlights excellence in experiential education


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will host its annual gala on Oct. 5, 2015, at the National Building Museum. Two sitting U.S. Senators, a former congressman and a trailblazer for leadership education will be honored as The Washington Center celebrates its 40th anniversary.


U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO); U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL); Juan Verde Suarez, president of the Advanced Leadership Foundation; and former U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell will receive The Washington Center’s pillar and lifetime achievement awards to recognize their steadfast advocacy of experiential education. Univision television host Teresa Rodríguez will lead the event as its master of ceremonies.


The Washington Center’s 2015 gala theme is 40 and Forward, referencing the organization’s distinguished past and exciting future. Since 1975, more than 50,000 people from around the world have completed internship and academic seminars through The Washington Center’s programs. More than 500 university partnerships and generous support from corporations, foundations, governments, federal agencies, individual donors and engaged alumni have made The Washington Center the largest academic internship program in the world.


“I have watched the achievements of our students unfold, and it makes me proud to see them come full-circle,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “At this year’s gala, we honor those who have publicly supported experiential education and made these experiences a reality for our students for more than four decades.”


The Washington Center expects to welcome more than 400 guests for the 2015 gala. Ford Motor Company is the event’s presenting sponsor, continuing a quarter-century-long tradition of support from the company.



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About The Washington Center


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

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