Alumni Success Stories

The Washington Center alumni community is over 60,000 strong. It's made up of founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, government officials and changemakers - and possibly you.

  • Gaining Clarity on a Career in Criminal Justice Reform

    Gaining Clarity on a Career in Criminal Justice Reform

    Olivia Avery, Political Science and Anthropology major from University of Vermont, interned at the Council for Court Excellence through TWC's Academic Internship Program.

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  • Think Tank Internship Provided St. Lawrence Student with Career Direction, Professional Connections

    Think Tank Internship Provided St. Lawrence Student with Career Direction, Professional Connections

    St. Lawrence University senior Jacob Ciolek credits The Washington Center with introducing him to a diverse cast of friends, a mentor and the work experience needed to launch his career.

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  • From HUD Intern to DNC Finance Director for the African American Leadership Council

    From HUD Intern to DNC Finance Director for the African American Leadership Council

    Bridgewater State University and TWC alum Augusto Goncalves shares his experience as an intern and his personal outlook on the 2020 election.

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  • TWC Alum Uses His Public Health Training to Help with COVID-19 Testing

    TWC Alum Uses His Public Health Training to Help with COVID-19 Testing

    How are members of The Washington Center community stepping up to help during the coronavirus pandemic? VET Initiative alumni Vegas volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps in Washington, D.C.

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  • Public Affairs Internship Leads to Communications Career in D.C.

    Public Affairs Internship Leads to Communications Career in D.C.

    University of Dayton graduate Kelly Miller is a Director at Banner Public Affairs and author of the 2018 book "Get Attention: Brand Building for Startups."

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  • Greatest Investment I’ve Made, Says Political Operative, Miranda Wade

    Greatest Investment I’ve Made, Says Political Operative, Miranda Wade

    Ohio Northern University alumna Miranda Wade attended the 2008 Republican National Convention through TWC's Campaign Seminar. The experience served as the foundation for her political career.

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  • From D.C. Intern to Pennsylvania State Senator

    From D.C. Intern to Pennsylvania State Senator

    For Dickinson College and Washington Center alumna Lindsey Williams, an internship at The National Whistleblower Center kicked off a career journey that led to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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  • Maturity, Leadership Among Qualities VET Interns Bring to the Workplace

    Maturity, Leadership Among Qualities VET Interns Bring to the Workplace

    Paul Hammer has overseen TWC interns at Izar Capital Group, a private market merchant bank and strategic advisory group he co-founded in 2003, for the past five years. A boutique shop, Izar...

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  • How TWC Alumni Launched Careers They Love3:18

    How TWC Alumni Launched Careers They Love

    Alumni discuss how The Washington Center helped them launch careers they love.

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  • My Internship Still Helps Me Today, Says Filmmaker and Writer Barrett Holmes Pitner

    My Internship Still Helps Me Today, Says Filmmaker and Writer Barrett Holmes Pitner

    Barrett Holmes Pitner left Furman University in South Carolina for an internship on the Hill with a then little-known congressman, Bernie Sanders.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Tevin Ali from Florida Atlantic University3:33

    Alumni Spotlight: Tevin Ali from Florida Atlantic University

    Summer 2016 TWC alum Tevin Ali shares his story, including the challenges he overcame as a first-generation college student, and the important role that TWC played in his journey.

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  • From the RNC to Twitter: How the National Convention Experience Shaped this Alumna’s Career

    From the RNC to Twitter: How the National Convention Experience Shaped this Alumna’s Career

    University of Texas at Arlington alumna Lauren Devoll participated in TWC's Campaign Seminar in 2012. The experience directly impacted her first step after school - a job with the RNC.

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  • My Advice to Students: Do Internships

    My Advice to Students: Do Internships

    An internship in the U.S. helped Canadian alumna Stacey Berry figure out her career direction: “The Washington Center really opened my eyes to endless possibilities.”

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  • D.C. Internship Springboards Career in Policy Work

    D.C. Internship Springboards Career in Policy Work

    Seth Ickes left his intimate, rural campus of Clarion University in Pennsylvania to intern with a policy nonprofit in D.C. The totality of the experience flung open a multitude of new doors.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Jones1:10

    Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Jones

    TWC alumnus Kevin Jones talks about the impact his TWC internship had in opening doors in his life, and his commitment to paying it forward.

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  • Congressional Staffer Attends Inside Washington, Widens Network and Career Options

    Congressional Staffer Attends Inside Washington, Widens Network and Career Options

    As a staffer in a California congresswoman’s district office, Harvard Extension’s Jocelyn Yow was familiar with The Washington Center and its programs.

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  • Without My TWC Experience, I Might Have Settled for Less Than My Dreams

    Without My TWC Experience, I Might Have Settled for Less Than My Dreams

    Reaching The Washington Center was an arduous journey for South Korean student Minseok Kim, but the experience helped him achieve his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

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  • Gaining Greater Self-Confidence In a Demanding Field

    Gaining Greater Self-Confidence In a Demanding Field

    Meg Riggle, a National Security Seminar, AIP, and Robert Morris alum, is an authority in the security field. "My experience has made me who I am and a lot stronger than I could have ever imagined."

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  • The Washington Center: Who We Are2:22

    The Washington Center: Who We Are

    TWC staff, internship advisors, board members, and alumni talk about benefits of TWC internships.

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  • TWC’s Conventions Seminar Solidified My Political Career; Here’s How It Unfolded

    TWC’s Conventions Seminar Solidified My Political Career; Here’s How It Unfolded

    Neil Deegan attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention through The Washington Center’s Campaign 2008 seminar series. Today, he's the managing principal at Rittenhouse Political Partners.

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