Alana Daly

Washington Center Experience Transforms Intern Into Employee

Spending a semester off campus can be a very good thing. For Alana Daly ‘07, a Washington Center internship put her ahead of the class in the post-college job market.

The economics major/history minor from Poughkeepsie, NY, spent the spring semester of her junior year as an intern with the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Performance and Budget. “When the internship ended,” Alana says, “I was offered a paid summer position as a budget analyst trainee, and my supervisor has indicated that there are post-graduate employment opportunities for me.”

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars recruits top Washington College students every year, providing them with challenging opportunities to work and learn in the nation’s capital for academic credit.

“It was a great experience,” Alana says of the Washington Center program. “I toured the Pentagon and the Federal Reserve. I took an international business class and attended seminars. I met the former Secretary of the Treasury and attended the swearing-in ceremony for the new Secretary, Hank Paulson, the former head of Goldman Sachs. But the most exciting event may have been watching Marine One [the President’s helicopter] take off from the White House lawn.”

Alana will finish her graduation requirements a semester early and then consider her career options. “Right now, I’m leaning toward finance or financial analysis,” she says. “I like what I did [in the government sector], but I see that people coming from corporate positions have more effect on policy.”