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Washington Semester Intern Lauren Hince on Capitol Hill

Since beginning the Washington Semester Program this fall, Lauren Hince has gotten valuable insight into her academic and professional career. At her home institution she is a double major in Communication and Politics and Government, and here at AU she has a concentration in Journalism and New Media. She credits WSP for giving her clarity in combining the two courses of study.

“I was worried that I chose the wrong concentration because I don't want to be journalist,” said Hince. “I still don't want to, but this program has helped me to understand the journalist's perspectives and how that intersects with the field of communication.”

This semester she is also interning on the Hill with Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota. While on the Hill, Hince has had the opportunity to speak with many communications professionals. Many of them have suggested that working right after college is the best choice for young professionals. Hince now believes she can wait a while before attending a graduate school program. 

Hince is happy she chose to attend this program, especially since she knows she wants to live in D.C. once she graduates. By attending WSP, she gets a head start on gaining professional connections in the city where she wants to start her career. 

“If you are serious about living in D.C. or getting a jump start on your career than you should definitely try this program,” said Hince. “This program is a very different kind of study abroad. It's a professional study abroad.”