When former Washington Semester Program student Wyatt Scott committed to a small Pennsylvania university for his undergraduate studies, he never imagined he would be working around the corner from the White House just a few years later.
Scott now works for New America, a DC-based company that researches how technology and policy can be used to create a better world. He credits much of his success to the diverse community he found at the Washington Semester Program (WSP).
Scott attended Misericordia University, a partnering institution with WSP, and studied government law and national security as an undergrad. His experience at a college in a small town compelled Scott to apply to WSP with the hope to explore the opportunities of a larger city.
Scott has uncovered several DC opportunities since his arrival in the city. On a day-to-day basis, Scott works as a research assistant with the Resource Security Program at New America.
“I'm never really doing the same thing every day. Tuesday, I could be at a different think tank, at a Congressional hearing taking notes for my boss, I could be doing research at the Library of Congress, or I could be as lucky as I was to go up to American [University] and speak to the students there,” Scott said.
With all his success thus far, Scott aspires to get his work published on New America’s website. He is currently working on research projects that are nearing publication.
“A big goal for me will be to take all the criticism that I get for that work and be cognizant of it, and use it in a way that pushes my research to the next level, rather than falling back and wondering why I didn't do this or that,” Scott said.
Still new to his job, Scott reminisces about the opportunities he had at WSP that helped him get to the point he is now, including helping him to branch out from his alma-mater. He still fondly remembers his former WSP professors, Dr. Christian Maisch and Dr. John Calabrese.