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The Washington Center Recognizes Champions of Experiential Education at 2016 Gala

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will host its annual gala on Sept. 26, 2016, at the National Building Museum. Two Congressmen and the Governor of Sonora, Mexico will be recognized for their steadfast advocacy of experiential education as The Washington Center celebrates its 41st anniversary.


State of Sonora, Mexico, Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano will receive The Washington Center’s Pillar Award for Civic Engagement. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), will receive the TWC Pillar Award for Professional Achievement and TWC alum Rep. John Katko (R-NY) ‘82 will receive the Pillar Award for Leadership. Univision White House Correspondent Janet Rodriguez will lead the event as master of ceremonies.


The Washington Center’s 2016 gala theme is Leadership and Legacy, honoring the legacy of retired TWC President Mike Smith, while beginning the legacy of new President Chris Norton. Since 1975, more than 50,000 people from around the world have completed internships and academic seminars through The Washington Center’s programs. TWC’s university partners, corporations, foundations, governments, federal agencies, individual donors and engaged alumni have made The Washington Center the largest academic internship program in the world.


“Tonight we get to honor someone who has dedicated most of his life to making high impact internships accessible for thousands of people,” said Norton. “At the same time, I’m excited to start a new chapter in the organization’s history and continue to make our programs even more impactful and accessible.”


The Washington Center expects to welcome more than 400 guests for the 2016 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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