Washington Semester student Francesca Nevil with friendsFrancesca Nevil
International Law & Organizations

February 13, 2019 | Hello! My name is Francesca Nevil, I am a Junior from Gonzaga University in Washington State where I am pursuing majors in International Relations and Sociology with minors in Social Justice & Solidarity and Comprehensive Leadership. While in DC this Spring, I will be participating in the Washington Semester Program through American University in the International Law and Organizations Concentration.

I am originally from Wenatchee, Washington, a city situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range where I fell in love with nature and learned the importance and beauty of community and service. I LOVE my local valley, but I also LOVE traveling the world, growing and learning new things. Moreover, I love to read, watch movies, try new foods, listen to live music and explore. Over the years I have had the opportunity to live and study abroad on a variety of occasions, most recently in Cali, Colombia where I spent the summer and fall semester prior to coming to DC. Thus, it has been a huge transition to DC lifestyle, and not just from 75 to 25-degree weather!

Statistics on womenI’m passionate about and have had extensive experience working with immigration issues, the refugee resettlement process, and anti-human trafficking efforts. So I am stoked for my new internship - working with International Justice Mission, the largest global organization combatting human trafficking and modern-day slavery. I have had a fabulous start at the office here in DC, been welcomed into my new team and leaped right into my role on the Strategic Partnership Team with much energy and excitement.

In the first few weeks here, I have loved getting to know my roommate, hall mates in McDowell, and other students in the WSP program. And even with the government shutdown and tumultuous weather (both of which have occurred since our arrival in DC) I have LOVED exploring the city. So far some of the highlights have been:

  • Visiting the Holocaust Museum, The Women in the Arts Museum and the Newseum
  • Attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
  • Finding cute cafes like Kramerwood Books and Afterwards Café, Busboys and Poets, and Elle, as well as live music scenes like the Blues Alley of Jazz, Madam Organs and Songbyrd
  • Walking around Downtown, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, and Tenleytown
  • Attending an event at the Embassy of Bulgaria
  • Attending a midterm review at the State Department analyzing The Trump Administrations Policy in the Middle East
  • Getting to know and conquering the public transportation system

Washington Monument at sunsetEvery day I find myself adding countless recommendations to a list on my phone of “Things to do while in DC.” These next few months are going to fly by, and there is so much to see before then (especially once the weather warms up)!! I’m looking forward to this opportunity to share with you all my experiences this semester as I learn what it means to be a part of the DC community.