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Events, alumni networking, courses, and internships for Penn students on campus and in D.C.

Information for Alumni

Alumni are the centerpiece of our very popular student program. All of our events are designed to prepare students for a future in D.C. and help them forge connections that could help them after graduation. In order to accomplish this, we work to help students find internships in D.C. year-round. We also arrange events and opportunities for students to meet with alumni who are working in fields of interest, both in D.C. and at Penn. Your participation is integral to our success - we would not be able to provide students with these great opportunities without you.

There are many ways that alums help the program thrive:

On Campus:

In 2018 we started a series of virtual chats in which Penn alums in D.C. join us for a video chat with students on campus.  Last spring, Penn alumna Audrey Chang (C’92) of the Harbour Group hosted a virtual chat with students interested in learning about internship opportunities in public relations.  We also had congressional Chief of Staff Daniel Kroese (C’10) speak with students interested in summer internships on Capitol Hill about the ways to secure those positions and use them to bridge a career on the Hill.  Finally, Shomik Sarkar (C’12) video chatted with students interested in political campaigns about his extensive experience working on campaigns and gave students advice on how to join a campaign.  We always appreciate the involvement of our alumni so if you are interested in joining us for a video chat, let us know! 

We are also always happy to have Penn alumni in Washington return to campus and join us for events. Please let us know if your travels bring you back to campus.

In Washington:

A dozen students per term participate in the PIW semester program and more than 100 students come to DC for internships every summer. We arrange lunches, dinners, talks, informational interviews, and social events with alumni. 


In addition to volunteer support, both our students and the program need financial assistance for scholarships and programming. We provide a stipend to all semester participants to ensure that funding is not an obstacle to participation. Please consider allocating your annual donation to the program to ensure its continued success.

Donations can be made online on Penn's Giving Page. To make sure that your donation reaches Penn in Washington, select "Schools" under "General Area", select "Arts and Sciences" under "Program", and then type "Penn in Washington" into the search box. Then, click "Select" and enter your donation information.

If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and print 'PIW' in the note section. Checks can be sent to: 

Deirdre Martinez, Phd
College Office, Cohen Hall
249 S. 36th Street
Penn in Washington, Office #161
Philadelphia, PA 19104-66197

If you are interested in participating in any of the activities above, please email the program director, Deirdre Martinez, at with the following details and we will be happy to add you to our database:

Preferred Email Address (typically your current work email or the email you check regularly):

Backup Email Address (a permanent email address that we can use to contact you even if you switch employers):


Job Title:

Two-Sentence Bio:

Undergrad Graduation Year, and was this at Penn:

Graduate School: Graduation Year (if applicable), degree, and university:

LinkedIn Profile (if you have one):


On behalf of all the students participating in Penn in Washington, thank you very much for your support.