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SPExS WMP Alumna Sarah Levin

Sarah Levin, WMP 2016
Northbrook, IL

I picked the Mentorship Program because it was a close knit community which made the school smaller and less daunting as a freshman. Additionally, I was excited about the opportunity to have an internship. I interned at the Maryland Democratic coordinated campaign where I made phone calls, knocked on doors, and overall learned how to run a campaign. I'm currently majoring in history and I am involved in the Jewish Student Association and Greek life on campus.

SPExS WMP Alumna Xiaoqin Gui

Xiaoqin (Sherry) Gui, WMP 2016
Chongqing, China

After being admitted to spring 2017 at AU, I decided to enroll in the Washington Mentorship Program in fall 2016. I thought it was a rare and unique opportunity for a freshman to have an internship experience. I interned as a graphic designer at STEMconnector and gained lots of practical skills. Also because of Mentorship, I am familiar with the process of applying for internships or jobs, and definitely feel more confident when I apply to other internships in the future. Now I am trying to keep myself involved around campus by joining American Word as well as build on my resume by applying for internships in Hong Kong for this upcoming summer vacation.

SPExS WMP Eli Hernandez

Eli Hernandez, WMP 2016
Flemington, NJ

I didn't pick AU, AU picked me. At first, I was slightly apprehensive of the Mentorship Program. However, after completing the program and talking to peers, I really came to understand and appreciate the Mentorship Program. It was honestly the best way to start college!

SPExS WMP Elissa Baum

Elissa Baum, WMP 2015
Buffalo, NY

I fell in love with AU because of the size, location, and incredibly strong academic programs. I have always wanted to pursue a career in Public Relations, and the Mentorship Program gave me a solid foundation to be able to do so. Having an internship so early on in college gives you a great step-up among others. Having internship experience also allowed me to excel in my classes in a way I didn't know was possible.

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

Nazli Togrul, WMP 2015
Izmir, Turkey

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 out 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.

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) Cullen

SPExS Washington Mentorship Student Anna Cullen

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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