Academic Programs

Wake Washington Program

Study in DC

Immersed, hands-on learning is integral to Wake Forest’s holistic approach to education.

To facilitate real-world engagement, the University has forged relationships with numerous agencies, organizations and individuals in the nation’s capital, many in close proximity to the Wake Washington Center. Through opportunities like internships, shadowing and mentorship, Wake Washington students experience real-time learning unique to on-the-job immersion.

To tie experiential learning with classroom instruction, students in the internship and study program also conduct independent research, making meaningful connections and providing cohesion to their inside- and outside-the-classroom experiences. Students intern Monday-Thursday full time and take classes in the evenings. Fridays are reserved for students to hear from alumni and parent speakers, special tours of museums, the Capitol, the Pentagon, etc., as well as networking with alumni, parents in their field of interest. Watch this video to hear what University leaders and D.C. area alumni have to say about Wake Washington.

 

Meet the Fall 2021 Students

Past Internship Providers

  • American Enterprise Institute
  • American Foreign Policy Council 
  • APCO Worldwide
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies  
  • Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Hudson Institute
  • US Asia Institute
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Education
  • US Department of State
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  • Matt Albren ('23)

    mattHometown: Newburyport, MA
    Major: Communication
    Minors: Psychology & Sociology
    Internship: Department of Education, Legislation & Congressional Affairs
    Studied abroad?: Barcelona, Spain in high school
    Favorite place on campus: I love ZSR Library – I like getting to sit somewhere new every time I’m there and seeing so many familiar faces.
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Alessandra Von Burg (Communication) & Shelley Sizemore (Office of Civic & Community Engagement)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: TV/Movies, reading, writing, exercising (running & tennis), anything with friends, playing with my 2 cats
    Career/industry interests: Entertainment, education (teaching or policymaking)
    If I had a superpower it would be: Anything magical – casting spells, controlling elements (like shooting water or fire from my hands)
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Meeting new people and experiencing life in a new place! Wake is awesome, but the campus is a bit of a bubble, so I can’t wait to experience life in an urban hub!

  • Zac Contreras ('23)

    zcHometown: Boerne, TX
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: Arabic, Sociology, Middle East & South Asia Studies
    Internship: Middle East Institute
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: ZSR Library
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Darlene May (Arabic)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Painting
    Career/industry interests: Department of State
    If I had a superpower it would be: Shape shifting
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Going to museums

  • Tania Del Moral ('23)

    tdHometown: Oxnard, CA
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Sociology & Art History
    Internship: American Foreign Policy Council
    Studied abroad?: Mexico City for grades 5-8
    Favorite place on campus: The Pit
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Andrea Gomez Cervantes (Sociology)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Making playlists, eating with friends, going to museums
    Career/industry interests: Careers in the public service sector or the diversity and inclusion teams at museums
    If I had a superpower it would be: Super strength
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Getting close with my peers and learning from the people around me

  • Rachel Edwards ('23)

    reHometown: Spivey’s Corner, NC
    Major: Philosophy
    Minor: Interdisciplinary Humanities; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
    Internship: National Peace Corps Association
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: Davis courtyard
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Michael Lamb (Leadership & Character) & Dr. Adam Kadlac (Philosophy)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Hanging out with friends, driving around aimlessly, & re-watching Criminal Minds
    Career/industry interests: Being an attorney and working in government
    If I had a superpower it would be: Reading minds
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Besides the excitement of just being in DC, I’m most looking forward to creating meaningful relationships this semester and learning more about what it means to work in DC!

  • Ashleigh Ekwenugo ('23)

    aeHometown: Dallas, TX
    Major: Sociology
    Minor: English
    Internship: Rep. Mark Pocan
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: Tribble/Manchester Plaza
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Christopher Brown (English)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Hanging out with friends, community service
    Career/industry interests: Public policy, advocacy
    If I had a superpower it would be: Flying
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Learning more about DC

  • Liana Hutton ('23)

    lhHometown: Hilton Head, SC
    Major: Sociology
    Minor: Anthropology
    Internship: McCain Institute for International Leadership
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: 6th floor of ZSR Library
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Karin Friederic (Anthropology)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Going to the beach or hanging out with friends
    Career/industry interests: Politics, law, activism
    If I had a superpower it would be: Flying
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Making new friends and living in a city

  • Turner Jones ('23)

    tjHometown: Orangeburg, SC
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: Journalism & History
    Internship: Rep. James Clyburn
    Studied abroad?: Germany, France, Spain, the UK
    Favorite place on campus: Terrace of Reynolda Hall overlooking the quad
    Favorite WFU professor: Phoebe Zerwick (Journalism)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Going to nice dinners with friends
    Career/industry interests: Political strategy, law, legislative affairs
    If I had a superpower it would be: Flying
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Making new friends and exploring DC

  • Sophia Lefaivre ('23)

    slHometown: Matthews, NC
    Major: Sociology
    Minor: Psychology
    Internship: Rep. Dan Bishop
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: Scales
    Favorite WFU professor: Elisabeth Whitehead (English)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Read, ride my bike, listen to music
    Career/industry interests: Criminal prosecutor, detective, FBI, Congress
    If I had a superpower it would be: Reading people’s minds
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Learning more about potential career paths in DC

  • Akaya Lewis ('22)

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    Hometown: Charlotte, NC
    Major: Sociology
    Minor: Bioethics
    Internship: American Public Health Association, Get Ready Campaign
    Studied abroad?: Vienna, Austria
    Favorite place on campus: Between the quad and Benson, as I spend most of my time in those spaces with classmates, friends, and colleagues. Also, it’s very convenient to everything on campus so many times it’s the reference point and an overall great space to meet new and familiar people.
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Brittany Battle (Sociology). While the only semester I had her course was cut short due to the beginning of COVID-19, she along with our classmates collectively became a family and it certainly solidified my interest in pursuing sociology.
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Photography, catching up on my favorite shows on Netflix/Hulu, planning brunches and traveling
    Career/industry interests: Public health, policy, advocacy
    If I had a superpower it would be: Teleportation because it would grant opportunities to be in many places in a shorter amount of time.
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: I am looking forward to exploring more about my interests through the internship while also immersing into DC. Also, I am looking forward to networking with my co-workers, other alumni, and students in the Wake Washington cohort.

  • Isaiah Little ('23)

    ilHometown: Tampa, FL
    Major: Sociology
    Minor: Communications
    Internship: Rep. Kathy Castor
    Studied abroad?: Morocco
    Favorite place on campus: Manchester Quad – the field’s tables were a nice place to study, meet friends, and attend events this past year
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Carrie Johnston (English)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Watching movies, reading about modern history along with pop-culture analysis, and consuming music (R&B, Soul, Alternative, and Rap)
    Career/industry interests: Law, media relations, public policy
    If I had a superpower it would be: Telepathy or chrono kinesis
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Along with my internship I’m most looking forward to visiting the museums, music festivals, and all the monuments.

  • Jessica Mark ('23)

    jmHometown: Port Washington, NY
    Major: Elementary Education
    Minor: Sociology
    Internship: Department of Education, Legislation & Congressional Affairs
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: Reynolda trails
    Favorite WFU professor: Hu Womack (ZSR Library)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Reading, spending time with friends and family, exercising
    Career/industry interests: Education policy and teaching
    If I had a superpower it would be: Invisibility
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: The opportunity to intern in a field closely tied to my professional interests while exploring a new city and making new connections!

  • Jassi Martin ('23)

    jamHometown: Montclair, NJ
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Economics
    Internship: Common Cause
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: North Pit
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Helga Welsh (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Hanging out with friends, soccer, tennis, hiking
    Career/industry interests: Finance, climate issues, environmentalism
    If I had a superpower it would be: Invisibility
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Being in D.C. and being able to get an idea of what the workforce there looks like.

  • Leslie Morales-Noyola ('22)

    lmnHometown: Winston-Salem, NC
    Majors: Politics & International Affairs, Spanish
    Minor: Latin American & Latino Studies
    Internship: Department of Education, Legislation & Congressional Affairs
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: ZSR reading room
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Lauren Miller (Spanish & Italian)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Running, listening to music, watching sitcoms
    Career/industry interests: Policy research and analysis, particularly for immigration and education policy
    If I had a superpower it would be: Invisibility or to read minds
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Learning more about education policy at my internship and going to museums and other landmarks.

  • Connor Retell ('22)

    connorHometown: Buffalo, NY
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Sociology
    Internship: Rep. Brian Higgins
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: Law school library to get work done (it’s easy to stay focused), or the gym/sports fields to play sports with friends
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. David Yamane (Sociology) and Dr. Tom Brister (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Watch and play sports, read the news
    Career/industry interests: Politics and law
    If I had a superpower it would be: Flight
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: The chance to network and set up post-graduation job opportunities

  • Ashley Thompson ('23)

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: Chinese & Sociology
    Internship: Department of Defense, Legislative Affairs
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: The Atrium at ZSR Library or the swings outside Magnolia and Dogwood
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Jack Amoureux (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Exercising, reading, cooking
    Career/industry interests: Intelligence analysis, criminal justice, federal government/agency work
    If I had a superpower it would be: Reading people’s emotions/response to social situations
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: My internship, making connections and life-long friendships

  • Edna Ulysse ('22)

    Hometown: Orlando, FL
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Sociology
    Internship: Rep. Darren Soto
    Studied abroad?: No
    Favorite place on campus: Upper or lower quad
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Ana Wahl (Sociology) and Dr. Betina Wilkinson (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Hulu, Netflix, hanging out with friends
    Career/industry interests: Legislative assistant, elected official (policymaker), policy analyst, policy advisor, legislative analyst. I am also interested in industries concerning criminal justice and education reform.
    If I had a superpower it would be: Invisibility
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: I am most looking forward to the full experience of living and working in DC. I am also anticipating creating great professional and personal career connections.


Wake Forest School of Law Programs

The D.C. Summer Judicial Externship

The D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program (“DCSJE”) is an exciting opportunity that places first-year and second-year law students into unpaid summer externships at some of the most vibrant and influential courts and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Students spend at least eight weeks during the summer externing at a participating court or agency in Washington, D.C. They also attend a weekly, evening experiential course that is tailored to judicial clerking.  The course is taught by Professor Abigail Perdue, a former federal law clerk and author of The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking. DCSJE students hear from engaging guest speakers, have lunch with federal judges, and visit historical points of interest. Students are also paired with one or more Wake Forest University School of Law alumni living and working in the Washington, D.C. area, who mentor them throughout the summer.