Wake Forest starts semester-in-Washington program
September 19, 2006
Beginning next spring, Wake Forest University will offer a new program for students interested in spending a semester working and studying in Washington, D.C. As many as 10 students will be selected to participate in the pilot program next spring, which will be offered through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a non-profit educational organization that partners with colleges and universities to offer academic coursework and internships tailored to students’ interests.
“To prepare students to live and to work in an increasingly expanding global community, part of the answer is study-abroad; part of the answer is also a better understanding of government, politics, media and big business in the nation’s capital,” said Paul N. Orser, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Wake Forest and director of the program.
“WAKE Washington” will be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in any field.
The Washington Center program was chosen because of its 30-year record of providing meaningful internships at the highest levels of government and business and its array of course offerings, Orser said. The program offers something for all students, whether their interests are in politics and government, or art, business, journalism or science, he said.
Based on their interests, students are assigned to 35-hour-a-week internships in government and congressional offices; in major financial institutions and business-advocacy groups, such as the World Bank and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; in non-profit agencies and museums, including Amnesty International and the Smithsonian Institution; and in media outlets and Executive Branch press offices.
Students will attend a weekly seminar class — chosen from among the 35 to 50 courses offered each semester — taught by The Washington Center’s adjunct faculty. Wake Forest students in the program will also undertake an independent study project, based on their internship or course work, with a faculty member on the Wake Forest campus.