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 Spring 2021 Students

  • Josie Ansbacher ('22)

    Hometown: Raleigh, NC
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: Communications, Russian
    Internship: Human Rights Campaign
    Studied Abroad?: Lived and went to school in Singapore for 3 years
    Favorite Place on Campus: Anywhere outside studying!
    Favorite WFU Professor: Billy Hamilton (German & Russian)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: I love to run and do anything outside. I also enjoy cooking!
    Career/Industry Interests: Intelligence or anything with foreign relation that requires travel, or campaigning and campaign management
    If I had a superpower it would be: Reading minds
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Being in the hub of DC, and feeling like a real adult with a 9-5 job

  • Carol Arkalji ('22)

    Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Global Trade & Commerce Studies
    Internship: Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
    Studied Abroad?: Canada (Victoria), Argentina (Buenos Aires & Rosario), Italy (Venice)
    Favorite Place on Campus: Upper quad
    Favorite WFU Professor: Wei-Chin Lee (Philosophy) & Neil DeVotta (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Traveling, listening to music and spending time with family and friends
    Career/Industry Interests: Administration, communications, management
    If I had a superpower it would be: Travel through time and space
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Interning and living in DC

  • Abby Furman ('23)

    Hometown: Durham, NC
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Journalism
    Internship: NP Agency
    Studied Abroad?: Planning to in fall 2021!
    Favorite Place on Campus: ZSR Library
    Favorite WFU Professor: Justin Catanoso (Journalism)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Reading, running/hiking, listening to music
    Career/Industry Interests: Politics, journalism, education
    If I had a superpower it would be: Teleportation
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Exploring the city, gaining professional experience, and experiencing such a historic presidential inauguration

  • Hannah Griggs ('22)

    Hometown: Lugoff, SC
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Religion
    Internship: Department of Defense, Office of Legislative Affairs
    Studied Abroad?: Copenhagen, Denmark
    Favorite Place on Campus: Reynolda walking trail or reading room at the library
    Favorite WFU Professor: Dr. Phillips
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Reading, writing letters, sitting in quaint coffee shops, exploring museums, watching movies, & family time
    Career/Industry Interests: Law, intelligence, public policy, consulting
    If I had a superpower it would be: Flying
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Being able to experience political change in the city it takes place in. I’m thrilled for inauguration, studying policy, and the field trips!

  • Sara Hong ('21)

    Hometown: Rockville, MD
    Majors: Politics & International Affairs, Health & Exercise Science
    Minor: Health & Human Services
    Internship: US-Asia Institute
    Studied Abroad?: Seoul, South Korea
    Favorite Place on Campus: Benson University Center
    Favorite WFU Professor: No favorite
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Leading my student organizations, knitting, watching movies/TV shows
    Career/Industry Interests: Public health
    If I had a superpower it would be: Healing powers
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Being able to work full-time for my internship

  • Colin Jakiel ('22)

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Entrepreneurship
    Internship: Department of Defense, Office of Legislative Affairs
    Studied Abroad?: Copenhagen, Denmark
    Favorite Place on Campus: The quad
    Favorite WFU Professor: Helga Welsh (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: With friends or watching Netflix
    Career/Industry Interests: Advertising, healthcare policy, CPG
    If I had a superpower it would be: Communicate in any language (flying out of the more typical places)
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Connecting with more people and gaining work experience

  • Emily Kachinski ('22)

    Hometown: Shrewsbury, NJ
    Major:
    Politics & International Affairs
    Minors:
    Spanish, Environmental Studies
    Internship:
    Washington International Trade Association
    Studied Abroad?:
    No
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Wait Chapel
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Helga Welsh (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Listening to music, reading, hanging with friends
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Foreign Service, environmental law, legislative affairs
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    To read people’s minds
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    Meeting new Wake students, exploring DC

  • Rachel Koch ('23)

    Hometown: Hendersonville, TN
    Majors:
    Politics & International Affairs, Communications
    Minor:
    Sociology
    Internship:
    Mzuzah Africa
    Studied Abroad?:
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Reynolda trails or Benson
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Ron Von Burg (Communications)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Spend time with friends, read, swim, and yoga
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Anything in policy, but particularly foreign policy. I also have an interest in international affairs.
    If I had a superpower it would be: The ability to know what other people were thinking at any point in time
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    I am excited for the people. I cannot wait to meet my fellow cohort, professor, co-workers, and mentors, and learn and grow through them.

  • Jack Martin ('21)

    Hometown: Richboro, PA
    Major:
    Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: Economics, Psychology, Middle East & South Asia Studies
    Internship:
    Mercury Public Affairs
    Studied Abroad?:
    No
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Chick-fil-A
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Tom Brister (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Hanging out with people, skiing, hiking
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Consulting, national security, counterintelligence
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    Telekinesis
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    Having a good internship experience

  • Savarni Sanka ('21)

    Hometown: Raleigh, NC
    Majors:
    Politics & International Affairs, Spanish
    Minor:
    Middle East & South Asia Studies
    Internship:
    American Security Project
    Studied Abroad?:
    Morocco, Spain, Nicaragua
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Swings on Davis Field
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    So many! But Dr. Charles Wilkins (History) and Dr. Sol Miguel-Prendes (Spanish) are two of my favorites.
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Watching Spanish- and Arabic-language TV shows!
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Political communications, political consulting, policy, MENA/Latin America (region wise), migration/refugees policy, development
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    Time travel
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    Taking an IR-focused class and applying what I’ve learned in the classroom to my internship work

  • Nathan Shepherd ('22)

    Hometown: Dallas, TX
    Major:
    Politics & International Affairs
    Minor:
    Environmental Studies
    Internship:
    Bipartisan Policy Center
    Studied Abroad?:
    No
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Reynolda trails
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Lucy D’Agostino McGowan (Mathematics & Statistics)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Fishing, reading, going to concerts, and thrifting
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Working in the government would be ideal, possibly in the EPA or the NOAA
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    Seeing into the future
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    To live in DC and to experience the policy making process through my internship

  • Sebastiano Tibolla ('22)

    Hometown: Venice, Italy
    Major:
    Politics & International Affairs
    Minor:
    Global Trade & Commerce Studies
    Internship:
    US Chamber of Commerce
    Studied Abroad?:
    a Coruña, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; high school in Venice, Italy
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Green between the library and Salem Hall
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Sam Gladding (Counseling)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Hiking, playing basketball, reading
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Law, government relations, business consulting
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    Super speed
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    Getting to know the city and meeting new people

  • Avery Van Ingen ('22)

    Hometown: Rector, PA
    Majors:
    Politics & International Affairs, French Studies
    Minor:
    Middle East & South Asia Studies
    Internship:
    Stones’ Phones
    Studied Abroad?:
    No
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Upper quad
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Charles Kennedy (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Hiking, yoga, and spending time with friends
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Foreign Service and international non-profit work
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    Teleportation
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    Being in DC during the presidential inauguration and experiencing living and working in our nation’s capital

  • Charlotte Whittier ('23)

    Hometown: North Hampton, NH
    Majors:
    Politics & International Affairs, Environmental Science
    Internship:
    International Law Institute
    Studied Abroad?:
    No
    Favorite Place on Campus:
    Farrell Hall
    Favorite WFU Professor:
    Adam Friedman (Education)
    Favorite ways to spend free time:
    Spending time outdoors
    Career/Industry Interests:
    Possibly environmental law
    If I had a superpower it would be:
    Breathing underwater
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester:
    I am most looking forward to the amount that I am going to learn and grow through living in DC and the internship program. I am excited to absorb new information and find a newfound independence.


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.