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Student Blog

Every semester students participating in the PIW Semester program tell us how fantastic their experience is. Here are some of their highlights.

  • Penn in Washington Seniors' Postgrad Plans!

    Penn in Washington is proud to announce that our graduating seniors are happily employed post-graduation!

    Check out the killer jobs they scored after their semesters and summers interning in D.C. below - many of their careers and educational pursuits are taking them far beyond D.C., but they'll always be Penn in Washington alumni.

    It wouldn't be Penn without at least a few consultants! One of our students will be expanding on her policy work in Washington by focusing on state and local government accounts for PwC.

  • Penn in Washington Student Wins Best Political Science Major Honors!

    The Political Science Department's Robert Holtz Memorial Prize, awarded to the best overall Political Science major graduating each May, is being awarded to Jordan Dannenberg!

  • Alumni Spotlight: Evan McMullin on the Past, Present, and Future of the Republican Party

    Evan McMullin served for over ten years as an undercover Operations Officer with the CIA's National Clandestine Service. His assignments included multiple conflict zone tours of duty in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Following his CIA service, Evan worked in Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division where he advised a variety of companies in the technology, clean energy, industrial and healthcare industries on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising. 

  • Alumni Spotlight: Alex Haber

    Penn in Washington's alumni network spans hundreds of alumni employed in all fields across D.C. They serve as excellent resources to our students - speaking with them one-on-one for informational interviews, providing career advice and even placement, and hosting events for students to see what it's like to work in D.C. They also do some amazing stuff on their own, and we're excited to highlight it here!

  • Penn in Washington Students Get Published!

    Lauren Shapiro (C'16) spent a semester interning at the Center for American Progress while participating in the Semester in Washington program. Her internship focused on economic policy, and she wrote her final paper for her Policymaking in D.C. course (one of our four core courses) on TPP. 

  • Spring '16 in DC: Private Tours and Foreign Policy

    On Thursday, our international development professor, Josh Blumenfeld, brought us on an amazing field trip to the State Department. We had the chance to take a private tour of the State reception rooms! This is us next to a desk worth nearly $5 million because of its significance as the desk where the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, ending the Revolutionary War.

  • Spring '16 in DC: Newseum

    Last weekend we checked off another DC bucket list must-do, and we went to the Newseum. Our internships are almost done and we still haven't run out of fun things to do around the city yet!

  • Spring '16 in DC: Meeting Celebrities

    Students Adina and Daisy met Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, at a book signing for Senator Cory Booker. Daisy (right) is also interning in the office of Secretary Castro's twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, this semester!

  • Spring '16 in DC: Guest Speaker from the Cato Institute

    Last night, our professor, Dr. John Fortier, brought Emily Ekins of the Cato Institute to speak to us about political polarization in the United States. We discussed the differences between polarization as it exists in the general American public and in the elite political sphere.

  • Spring '16 in DC: Attorney General's Office Internship Spotlight

    This lovely lady is the one and only Laura Nuñez! Laura is a junior majoring in International Relations and Urban Studies. She's currently interning in the Civil Litigation Division of the Washington DC Attorney General, Karl Racine's, office. So far in her internship she's been helping to prepare affirmative discoveries for a few different cases. She's been writing legal documents such as requests for documents from plaintiffs and writing interrogative memos.