Students travel to Washington, D.C. for presidential inauguration seminar

QU students visited the Indian Embassy in Washington
Quinnipiac students visited the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as part of a 10-day presidential inauguration seminar.

Jan. 22, 2013 - Twenty-one students spent 10 days in Washington, D.C., as part of a presidential inauguration seminar. The program offered students the opportunity to witness history, explore career paths, make professional contacts and interact with nationally and internationally recognized political leaders and journalists.

The program, led by Scott McLean, a political science professor at Quinnipiac, gave students a behind-the-scenes perspective on Washington politics and media through site visits to embassies, executive branch offices, Congressional offices, media organizations and nonprofit think tanks and trade associations. A bus tour of Washington, D.C., and special events, including a reception at the National Press Club, were also as part of this Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars program.

"Our students learn so much more about the issues facing the Congress and the president in 2013 when they can meet journalists and leaders in Washington during the inauguration," said McLean who has been leading Quinnipiac students to presidential inaugurations since 2001. "We are also developing a stronger alumni network of our former students who are now working in D.C."

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. and London, England, for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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