The Washington Center Receives $100,000 Scholarship Endowment from the Motorola Solutions Foundation
Funding to support law and criminal justice internships.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars received a generous grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to fund internship experiences in the fields of criminal justice, law and public safety in 2016. The grant is a timely investment that will help hundreds of students prepare for increasingly complex careers in law and public safety.
The Law and Criminal Justice Internship Program is The Washington Center’s largest program. This year, 250 students across the country have traveled to the nation’s capital to gain professional experience in state, local and federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service. These students have also benefitted from meeting leaders and discussing trends in the field with practitioners from top-tier private legal firms, public safety offices and advocacy organizations.
“Motorola Solutions’ products and solutions help improve the safety of communities around the world,” said Matt Blakely, Director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As the company’s charitable and philanthropic organization, the Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support this program, which provides students with the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in the public safety field.”
As part of the Law and Criminal Justice Internship Program, students intern at federal, state and local agencies in the Washington, D.C. region and also participate in classes, lectures and site visits related to policy-making, criminal justice and law.
Leaders from Motorola Solutions not only volunteer their time for educational panels and workshops, but offer their expertise for students - providing valuable insight that is hard to find outside of an academic internship program.
“We thank the foundation for its continued, generous support. Together, we are raising awareness of the importance of career opportunities in criminal justice and public safety and providing the chance for students interested in this field to gain real-world experience and move closer to achieving their career goals,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center.
To date, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has contributed more than $725,000 to support The Washington Center’s experiential education programs.
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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.