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SPExS WMP Elissa Baum

Elissa Baum, WMP 2015
Buffalo, NY

I chose the Washington Mentorship Program because I knew I wanted to be at American University, and having quality internship experience so early on in my undergraduate career gave me a great advantage. I interned at a startup marketing software company, where I learned numerous skills and lessons that will further benefit me in my intended career. The mentorship program allowed me to immerse myself in a tight knit community of driven individuals while also gaining incredible work experience. Right now I am pursuing a major and career in Public Relations and Strategic Communications.

SPExS WMP Najil Taylor

Nijel Taylor, WMP 2015
Hughesville, MD

The reason why I picked AU to be the college for me is because it was in a city area and they had the right subjects that I want to major in. AU is a good environment and I have learned a lot while being in the Mentorship Program such as learning how to write better professional resumes and cover letters.

SPExS WMP Samantha Danzinger

Samantha Danzinger WMP 2015
Solon, OH

I participated in the Washington Mentorship Program because I loved the idea that I was able to be a full time student and have an internship all within my first semester of freshman year. I interned at a school in Onley, Maryland teaching Spanish to students in grades K-8. Overall, I had the best first semester that I could have possibly imagined and I am so glad that I decided to participate in the Mentorship Program in fall 2015.

Nazil Togrul

Nazil Togrul, WMP 2015
Woodstock, GA

After being accepted for the Spring 2016 semester at AU, I chose to do the Washington Mentorship Program, as it gave me the opportunity that most freshman do not get- to intern during their first year. I had the opportunity to intern at Voice of America in the Turkish Service. I am now finding different ways to get involved on campus, and I started this by joining Greek Life, as well as the different student media organizations.

Maryam Yamadi

Maryam Yamadi, WMP 2014
Raleigh, NC

My name is Maryam Yamadi and I am a Chemistry major. I originally was interested in AU for its science program and the WMP was an added bonus. During my first semester I was able to intern at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association which taught me a lot and was great to have so early in my college experience. This semester I have begun volunteering with DC Reads while trying to expand my clinical experience to get into medical school

Willow Karfiol

Willow Karfiol, WMP 2014
Los Angeles, CA

I chose WMP because it was a unique opportunity to get the chance to work in a professional setting, discover DC, and work on my networking skills. For my internship, I worked at a non-profit political organization called No Labels in Georgetown, which focuses on getting rid of the gridlock in Congress. Currently, I am in a social sorority (Sigma Delta Tau), a pre-professional fraternity (Phi Alpha Delta/Pre-law), and AU Dems.

SPExS WMP Max Weiss

Max Weiss, WMP 2013
Sudbury, MA

I chose American University because of my interest in politics and my love for DC. Through the Washington Mentorship Program, I got to experience both earlier than I ever could have expected to. Between the interesting site visits throughout DC that I was able to partake in every week and my amazing internship working for Senator Ed Markey, my first semester of college could not have been better. My experiences from last semester gave me amazing networking opportunities that led to me pledging a fraternity and working for a Senate campaign this summer!

Morgan Taylor

Rebecca (Morgan) Taylor, WMP 2013
Durham, NC

My name is Morgan Taylor, and I am from Durham, North Carolina. I chose to attend American University and participate in the Washington Mentorship Program because I believed it would offer me unique opportunities that I wasn't offered at any other schools--I was right! I interned with Jumpstart, a program based pout of Ameri-corps that focuses on narrowing the achievement gap in preschoolers. Currently, I am continuing my internship with Jumpstart and have not declared a major yet, though I'm leaning towards political science.

Tara Kellman

Tara Kellman, WMP 2012
Bronx, NY

I chose to participate in the Washington Mentorship Program because I loved the idea of being able to intern in D.C. and network with various professionals as a first semester student. During the semester as a WMP student, I interned at a non-profit organization called LIFT, which seeks to lift people out of poverty. I had one-on-one meetings with clients and assisted them in finding employment, housing, and apply for public benefits. As a student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing counseling psychology, interning at LIFT really helped me build my interpersonal and mediation skills. Joining WMP was one of my best decisions so far as it helped me acclimate to college life, form close relationships with both peers and professors, and gain experience in my field of interest early on.

Michael Eyerman

Michael Eyerman, WMP 2012
Penfield, NY

I came to AU because both the university and WMP provided me with opportunities to take advantage of being in the nation’s capital by learning from those in the field and interning. While in WMP, I interned for a member of congress in the House of Representatives and I was involved in student leadership on campus, all while keeping a full class load. The experiences I had during WMP helped me adjust from high school to college and prepared me to do more after my first year. Currently I am interning for a think tank, volunteering as a mentor for high school students all while continuing a full class load, something that WMP prepared me for.

William Erickson

SPExS Web William Erickson

WMP 2009/AU 2013
La Jolla, CA

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Devon Swift

SPExS WMP Devon Swift

WMP 2008/AU 2012
Sparta, NJ

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Anna Hagler

SPExS WMP Anna Hagler

WMP 2008/AU 2012
Atlanta, GA

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Emily Roseman

Washington Semester Program Emily Roseman

WMP 2008/AU 2012
Fairfield, CT

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Beeta Christine Rafiekian

Beeta Christine Rafiekian

WMP 2006/AU 2010
Potomac, MD

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