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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.

  • Fall '15 in DC: The Pope Visits

    This week I had the opportunity to sit in the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol to watch Pope Francis address a joint session of Congress. It was incredible to hear his message of progress, inclusion, and unity during such a critical time for our nation. At the end of his speech, Pope Francis came out and greeted the thousands of people who congregated on the National Mall for the occasion.

  • Fall '15 in DC: Birthdays and Bonding

    Our cohort is getting a chance to bond in D.C. - they're checking out all of the great neighborhood food shops located near their UCDC campus together, meeting students studying from other universities, and even celebrating birthdays together!

  • Fall '15 in DC: The Upshot

    Nate Cohn was the guest speaker for our first class of The Communicator's Dilemma, a course taught by Michael Tackett, Deputy Political Editor for the New York Times. Nate covers elections, polling and demographics for The Upshot, a Times politics and policy site. Previously, he was a staff writer for The New Republic. Before entering journalism, he was a research assistant and Scoville Fellow at the Stimson Center, where he contributed to analysis of South Asia and the defense budget.

  • Fall '15 in DC: What's Orientation Week Like?

    The first week of the Penn In Washington Fall 2015 semester has been amazing!! We arrived in Washington D.C. last Sunday. After enjoying a wonderful meal at Nando's, an African restaurant, we spent the first day of orientation getting to know one another. Andrew, Alexa, Jacques, Raheem, and I decided to take a picture in front of the White House on the beautiful Monday evening in our nation's capitol.

  • UCDC Virtual Tour

    What's it like to live in D.C.? Social media ambassador Rashan Prailow takes us on a virtual tour of the University of California's D.C. campus, where the semester students live for fifteen weeks.

  • Taking Classes with Penn in Washington

    The Penn in Washington Semester Program is unique for many reasons – it offers a place to live in the heart of D.C., opportunities to network with leaders in Washington, and a chance to hold a prestigious internship during the academic year. One of the most exciting aspects of the program, however, are the classes. Each semester, Penn in Washington offers three classes (which count for four credits) that focus on various aspects of public policy and the political process.

  • Walk Like A Politician: My Penn in Washington Orientation Top Ten

    College senior Alison Nadel is spending this semester living, interning, and taking classes in D.C. During the first few weeks of the Penn in Washington Semester in D.C. program, she was able to explore the city, meeting with Washington insiders and touring some of D.C.'s top tourist attractions. Find out which orientation experiences made Alison's Top Ten list.

  • Living in DC

    Wonder what it's like to live in D.C. for a semester? From the dorms to the food to the millions of touristy things to do, College junior Sarah Engell shares her favorite things about living in the city with Penn in Washington.

  • Penn in Washington Professors: Interview with Dr. Colleen Shogan

    The Penn in Washington semester consists of working a formal internship and taking classes that aren’t offered on Penn’s campus. These classes are specialized and offer unique opportunities for students interested in politics and American governance. Dr. Colleen Shogan, the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and an Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown, teaches a class for Penn in Washington called Regular Order: Congressional Procedure and the Policy Process.

  • Featured Internship: Capitol Hill

    One of our Fall 2014 Semester students, Anthony Iannarelli, interned on Capitol Hill last semester - read what he had to say about the experience below!