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Students spend the summer interning in nation's capital

Fourteen undergraduates spent the summer studying in Washington, D.C., and interning in government offices, media outlets and non-profit organizations through the "WAKE Washington" program.


Lauren Wright with Bob Schieffer.

The students held internships with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the Attorney General's office, the Inter-American Economic Council, the U.S. Naval Historical Museum and the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Junior sociology major Lauren Wright was an intern at CBS News' "Face the Nation" with host Bob Schieffer.

"The incredible thing about interning for a major media organization like CBS is the amount of access that the students get," Wright said. "The best part of it is not even walking down the same restricted halls of the Supreme Court, the Capitol or the White House that history makers walk everyday, but those few extraordinary moments where you walk alongside them and speak with them.

"Over the summer, I've had Newt Gingrich and David Brooks ask for my opinion on their statements during interviews with Bob (Schieffer), chased (Senators) Harry Reid and Ted Stevens down the Senate Halls with CBS camera crews, sat in front of the nine Supreme Court Justices while they overturned the (Washington) DC gun ban, and followed (President) Bush on his habitual walk from the Oval Office, through the Rose Garden, and onto his helicopter with reporters."

Wake Forest's Washington program is offered in the spring semester and during the summer. Since the program started two years ago, 32 undergraduates have participated. The program is offered through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a non-profit educational organization that offers academic coursework and internships tailored to students' interests.

Wake Forest will serve as a Gold Sponsor for an event on media and free speech sponsored by The Washington Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in September.

The following students participated in the program this summer, followed by their hometown, major (minor) and internship:

  • Kerry A. Bollerman, Ridgefield, Conn.; Political Science (Spanish); U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Alexandra C. Boney, Wilmington, N.C.; Political Science; Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender
  • Rachel L. Cook, Baltimore, Md.; Political Science; National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • Christopher J. D'Auria, Bellmore, N.Y.; Classical Studies (Political Science); Office of the Attorney General/District of Columbia
  • Sarah K. Duzyk, Mt. Sterling, N.Y.; English (Political Science, Art History); The Center for Competitive Politics
  • Molly F. Martinson, Princeton, N.J.; Political Science; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Carlos M. Maza, Miami, Fla.; Political Science (Women's and Gender Studies); U.S. Naval Historical Museum
  • Anna K. McLeod, Waxhaw, N.C.; Political Science: The Protection Project
  • Kaitlyn J.M. Oschwald, Raleigh, N.C.; Economics; InterAmerican Economic Council
  • Sarah E.M. Reimers, Greenwich, Conn.; History; The Protection Project
  • Stephanie So, Brea, Calif.; Biology (Studio Art and Environmental Studies); Cool Capital Challenge
  • Martha H. Sprague, River Hills, Wis.; History; Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender
  • Frederick C. Wightman; Lambertville, N.J.; Political Science; LTL Strategies
  • Lauren A. Wright; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Sociology; CBS News/Face the Nation

— Kerry M. King ('85)
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