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Student Blog

Past and current PIW semester participants have shared useful information on where to intern, fellowship opportunities, and living and working in Washington. You'll find those in chronological order below, most recent posts first. Check the sidebar for recently added collections, starting with a semester long blog from the State Department.

  • 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.

  • Spring '16 in DC: Lunch at the State Department

    Last month, we had the chance to have a lunch at the State Department with a diverse array of speakers who gave us an inside view into their work at the State Department. We would like to thank Edward Stafford, Stephen Epstein, Daniel Milich, Raffi Gregorian, and Abigail Denburg for meeting with us and offering us their insights.

  • Spring '16 in DC: More Student Profiles

    My name's Adina Goldstein and I'm a social media ambassador for the Spring 2016 cohort. I am a junior in the College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Urban Education. In Washington, I'm lucky enough to be interning at the Department of Education in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs which has so far been an amazing mix of my two fields of study at Penn. I've always been incredibly interested with and inspired by government in the US, while also incredibly passionate about education both locally and nationally.