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Penn in Washington Summer Program

The Penn in Washington Summer in D.C. Program is open to all Penn students spending the summer in Washington, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors to graduate students. The program is completely free and consists of dozens of events throughout the summer connecting students with alumni in various fields. Summer programming typically runs between June 1st and July 31st.

Informational Interviews:
During each week of the summer program, Penn in Washington organizes between five and ten informational interviews with alumni working in D.C. in a field that our students have expressed interest in. At each informational interview, a small group of no more than five students have the chance to sit down with an alumnus at their place of work to ask questions about their career and hear their advice. During summer 2017's informational interviews, students met with alumni who had careers in: Congress, consulting and the private sector, media and strategic communications, politics, government, law, health policy, education policy, tech policy, economic policy, environmental and energy policy, justice policy, and international relations. If any students want to speak with alumni outside of the scheduled informational interviews, they are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Martinez to schedule additional one-on-one meetings with alumni who appeal to their interests. 

Speaker Events:
We also host several large-scale dinners each summer where students can hear from an alumni speaker who is an expert in their field. These events typically feature alumni who are professors for Penn in Washington's Semester in D.C. Program. Summer 2017's speaker events included: Miguel Rodriguez, former Director of Legislative Affairs for President Obama, who spoke on the U.S. presidency; Mike Tackett, Deputy Editor of The New York Times Washington bureau, who spoke on political journalism; and Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director of Malaria No More, and Abigail Denburg, Analyst for Boeing, who spoke on foreign policy and international development. 

Social Events:
Members of the Penn in Washington student group organize social meetups each summer in addition to Penn in Washington's regular programming. The summer 2017 social events included: dinner at &pizza, happy hour and trivia near the GWU dorms (where many Penn students live over the summer), a group outing to an outdoor screening of The Matrix, and a visit to the art exhibit ARTECHOUSE. In addition to social events, Penn in Washington provides a Facebook group for students to connect with one another in a more social setting. Social events are generally not subsidized by Penn in Washington, so they are generally free or low-cost so that all interested students can attend.

Information Sessions:
In order to provide Penn in Washington students with the best possible chance of returning to D.C. full-time, we partner with several consulting firms to offer information sessions at their D.C. offices near the end of the summer. Summer 2017's participants included: Deloitte Federal Consulting, Avascent, BCG, and Hamilton Place Strategies. 

If you are interested in participating in the Penn in Washington Summer in D.C. Program, please register here.