Ariana Hooks, a Washington Semester Program alumna, poses in a blue button-down shift with her arms crossed, smiling.

From Washington Semester to Washington Insider

After interning at the Democratic National Committee, Ariana Hooks scored a full-time job with that same office. Here's how she did it.


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Gil Ruiz, a Washington Semester Program  alum, poses in a blue t-shift with foliage in the background.

Learning the Art of Political Lobbying

Gil Ruiz credits his Sustainable Development Professor, Dr. Heather Heckel, and his DC experience overall as a huge boost to his preparation in becoming a congressional staffer for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Kami Simmons, Washington Semester Program student

Modern Day Renaissance Woman

Kaylah Simmons learned so much from the Washington Semester Program and her summer internship that she was encouraged to apply to the White House for the fall 2015 semester.

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Johannes Trischler, Washington Semester Program student

From Germany to Hillary

Johannes Trischler is a Washington Semester Program alumni who had the opportunity to work on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.


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Lily Maier, Washington Semester Program student

Fulbright Scholar Gets Her Start at AU

Lilly Maier fell in love with U.S. politics after watching Aaron Sorkin's West Wing, so she left the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich to gain experience in DC through WSP.

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Kelsey Donohue, Washington Semester Program student

From WSP to the White House in Two Years

When Kelsey Donohue arrived at the Washington Semester Program for the spring 2013 term, she was in her last term at Marist College, and she knew she had to have a paying job by the time the semester ended.

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