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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.

  • 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.

  • Spring '16 in DC: Student Profile

    My name is Tim McAuliffe and I'm a social media ambassador for the Spring 2016 cohort. I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, currently majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Political Science and Statistics. In spite of the fact that I am a science major and have focused my studies on science and math, I have always had a deep interest in politics and government. In addition, I have always wanted to spend a semester outside of Penn and doing so in DC looked like it would give me a great experience.

  • Fall '15 in DC: Rock Creek Park

    DC may be a small town, but it literally has something for everyone! Tzvetomir Gradevski (C'16) took a trip to Rock Creek Park last week, but he didn't have to venture very far. This serenity can be found just a 2-mile walk from UCDC.

  • Fall '15 in DC: Exploring DC @ NPR

    There is literally no shortage of things to see and do in DC. Last week we took a tour of the state-of-the-art NPR headquarters, where we ran into senior legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg (sound familiar? her voice might!). During our tour, we stopped at the Tiny Desk Studio, home of All Songs Considered, and where many notable musical artists (Macklemore, T-Pain, Adele) have performed acoustically. (Not pictured: losing all self-control in the NPR shop).

  • Fall '15 in DC: Perks of the Job

    As an intern at the White House Office of Management and Budget, I frequently get to tour the West Wing. I actually got to take my family on the White House Gardens Tour this past weekend. In addition, I will be taking them on a West Wing tour next weekend! Here I am outside of the West Wing door that leads to the South Lawn. It is an amazing experience being able to frequent the White House during my internship.

  • Fall '15 in DC: Meeting the Fed

    The life of a Treasury intern: chilling in the Fed board room and running into Janet Yellen. I'd say it was a good day.

    Katrina Truebenbach is a member of the Fall 2015 Semester in Washington cohort. She is majoring in Political Science and interning at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  • Fall '15 in DC: Touring the White House

    Interesting fact about the White House Briefing Room: the term 'Press Pool' was coined after room's previous use as the White House pool. It was converted to its current purpose during the Nixon Administration, but much of the original wall tiles remain (not pictured). This stop was just one of the highlights of our [ed note: private, after-hours] West Wing Tour.

  • Fall '15 in DC: Exploring DCeats

    Fresh fruits and veggies, delicious tacos and pastries abound at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, located just a short walk away from the UCDC dorms. This has easily become our favorite weekly ritual and one of our favorite parts of living in DC (just don't forget to bring a reusable bag)!