Thirteen Maroons are living and working in D.C. this semester as part of the unique Lutheran College Washington Semester program.
The students, who come from all majors, are blending valuable workforce experience with the cultural exposure that comes with being immersed in the nation’s capital.
Students in the program work at internships spanning nonprofits, government agencies and business groups that align with their core interests. They also take classes, keeping them on track for their graduation date, and join other students from around the country on excursions that explore the rich history and art world of D.C.
The program, which Roanoke College co-founded with partner schools, is an ideal fit for students who want to grow both as future leaders and as citizens of the world, said Todd Peppers, Washington Semester coordinator and Henry H. and Trudye H. Fowler Professor of Public Affairs.
“We look for students who are excited about having an adventure,” Peppers said. “The Washington Semester takes them off campus and encourages them to spread their wings in a new environment with new challenges and opportunities.
“D.C. is one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the country," he added. “They get to work in different parts of the city and learn about issues facing the wider world. It’s an experience that can open many doors for them.”
Scroll through our gallery below to learn more about this semester’s students and why they signed on for a Washington Semester experience.
Why Washington Semester?