Passing On Political Savvy
Each spring semester, Washington College sends students to serve as legislative interns during the session of the Maryland General Assembly. Students do a variety of activities, such as conducting legislative research, writing correspondence, preparing and recording testimony, contacting witnesses, attending committee hearings, tracking bills, working on mailings, and responding to constituents’ problems.
What happens after the internship ends? Professor Melissa Deckman knows that the best way for a student to gain first hand knowledge of their field of study and envision themselves in their chosen careers is to talk to the people who are living it every day.
On March 26, Professor Deckman and the Office of Alumni & Constituent Engagement held a networking event in Annapolis for current students in the Maryland General Assembly Internship to meet alumni who also took part in the program. Alumni made professional connections and shared stories, while current WC students were able to ask questions, gain networking experience, and make professional ties that will serve them well when they graduate.
This is the second Alumni/Student special topic event this academic year. In October, Professors Harvey and Oros, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Alumni & Constituent Engagement held an event for Business and International Studies students and alumni at the GE offices in D.C.. Another event for Business and Economics students and alumni will be held in Wilmington on March 28.