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.

Past Internship Providers

  • American Enterprise Institute
  • American Foreign Policy Council 
  • APCO Worldwide
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies  
  • Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Hudson Institute
  • The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • US Asia Institute
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of State
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    Meet The Fall 2020 Students

  • Haleigh Cadd ('21)

    Hometown: Greensboro, NC
    Major: Communication
    Minors: Writing, Journalism
    Internship: Signal Vine
    Studied Abroad?: Worrell House in London
    Favorite Place on Campus: ZSR Library
    Favorite WFU Professor: Polly Black (Communication)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Going on long walks, hiking/running, reading
    Career/Industry Interests: Marketing, advertising, fundraising, museums
    If I had a superpower it would be: Superfluency in Microsoft Excel
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Seeing how learning about D.C. as a city on a deeper level, engaging in my journalism classes, and learning about the industries that exist in D.C. all overlap.

  • Jacob Grossman ('22)

    Hometown: Tampa, FL
    Majors: Economics, Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: History, Jewish Studies
    Internship: Office of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Defense
    Studied Abroad?: In middle school I did a three week study with my class in Israel and Amsterdam to learn more about Judaism.
    Favorite Place on Campus: North Pit
    Favorite WFU Professor: Dr. Koleman Strumpf (Economics)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: hanging out with friends, playing hockey, watching sports
    Career/Industry Interests: Corporate law, sports management, consulting, government & elected office
    If I had a superpower it would be: Ability to fly
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Interning at the Pentagon and being in Washington, DC during the presidential election

  • Ethan Hawkins ('22)

    Hometown: Morganton, NC
    Major: Environment & Sustainability Studies
    Minors: Politics and International Affairs, History
    Internship: Moonshot Missions
    Studied Abroad?: No
    Favorite Place on Campus: The climbing wall
    Favorite WFU Professor: Alan Williams (History)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Reading, running, listening to music
    Career/Industry Interests: Sustainable urban design, environmental policy
    If I had a superpower it would be: Ability to fly
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Witnessing a presidential election in D.C. and living in the capital of our country during the COVID pandemic

  • Sean Mooney ('22)

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Majors: Economics; Politics & International Affairs
    Internship: The Niskanen Center
    Studied Abroad?: No
    Favorite Place on Campus: Chick fil-A
    Favorite WFU Professor: Charles Kennedy (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Reading, listening to music, skiing, biking
    Career/Industry Interests: Economics
    If I had a superpower it would be: Running fast
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: My internship

  • Duncan Walsh ('22)

    Hometown: San Francisco, CA
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Journalism
    Internship: Stones’ Phones
    Studied Abroad?: Planning to study at the Flow House in Austria Spring 2021
    Favorite Place on Campus: ZSR Library
    Favorite WFU Professor: Sarah Dahill-Brown (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Spending time with friends
    Career/Industry Interests: Consulting, business, real estate
    If I had a superpower it would be: Teleportation
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Exploring D.C. and gaining professional experience


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.