Academic Programs

Study in D.C.

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
  • US Asia Institute
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Education
  • US Department of State
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Meet the Fall 2022 Students

  • Abby Bermeo (’24)

    Hometown: Verona, NJ
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Creative Writing
    Internship: Forbes Tate Partners
    Favorite place on campus: Tribble courtyard
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Eric Wilson (English)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: On the quad with friends, running/exercising, & reading
    Career/industry interests: Defense & military policy, foreign affairs, armed service policy, & education policy. I enjoy politics & legislative affairs.
    If I had a superpower it would be: Resilience (ex: Wolverine)
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: I am so excited for another internship opportunity & to gain more experience in DC

  • Camille Bosshard (’24)

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH
    Major: Sociology
    Minors: Politics & International Affairs; Entrepreneurship
    Internship: Department of Education – Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs
    Favorite place on campus: The pit! I am the pit’s biggest fan! All the Harvest Table employees are so sweet, I have really gotten to know them over these past two years.
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Tess Wise (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: I’m a major extrovert, so doing anything with people! I also love to run & do anything outside.
    Career/industry interests: I want to enter the legal field as an attorney who specializes in child advocacy work.
    If I had a superpower it would be: Teleportation/superspeed so that I could visit my family & friends in Ohio whenever I want. Or just the superpower of being a good driver because driving is hard.
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Networking & meeting interesting people to discover more about what I want my own journey to look like.

  • Dev Chojar (’23)

    Hometown: Greenwich, CT
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Internship: Government Accountability Office
    Favorite place on campus: Chick fil a
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Heath Greene (Psychology)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Playing saxophone, video games, reading
    Career/industry interests: Electoral politics, legislation & policymaking
    If I had a superpower it would be: Controlling time
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Living in DC

  • Skylar Dailey (’24)

    Hometown: Loudonville, NY
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minors: History; Philosophy
    Internship: Department of Defense – Legislative & Congressional Affairs
    Favorite place on campus: Reynolda Trails – I love to walk & run outside, & the trails have served as a wonderful outlet from work!
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Tom Brister (Politics & International Affairs) & Dr. Mark Vail (Politics & International Affairs) are tied!
    Favorite ways to spend free time: I love to spend time with family & friends, read, exercise (I love going to the gym, running/walking, playing tennis), explore new towns (especially coffee shops & restaurants), & listen to music.
    Career/industry interests: I am interested in pursuing a career in law and/or politics. Specifically, I am interested in social policy & faith-based organizations in politics. For law, I am very open-minded as to what field I am interested in, but I especially love constitutional law. However, after working this summer at a general practice law firm, I also enjoy financial law, personal injury, & estate law.
    If I had a superpower it would be: Teleportation so that I could travel anywhere in the world & explore new places & cultures!
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: I am looking forward to being integrated into a new environment & building new relationships. I also look forward to the growth that comes with a new workplace & living independently!

  • Christina DeNovio (’24)

    Hometown: Bethesda, MD
    Major: Communication
    Minors: Journalism; Spanish
    Internship: Catholic Charities
    Favorite place on campus: Benson
    Favorite WFU professor: Not sure
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Gym, walking on nature trails, spending time with family & friends
    Career/industry interests: Journalism, communications, broadcasting
    If I had a superpower it would be: Mind reading
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Living in DC & having an internship

  • Noah Giglietti (’24)

    Hometown: Fairfield, CT
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Statistics
    Internship: Cornerstone Government Affairs
    Favorite place on campus: North Pit
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Mark Vail (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Golf, listening to music, working out, spending time with friends
    Career/industry interests: Policy research & consulting
    If I had a superpower it would be: Flight
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Learning more about the political experience in Washington with my peers

  • Virginia Joyce (’24)

    Hometown: Boston, MA
    Major: Politics & International Affairs
    Minor: Communication
    Internship: Rep. Stephen Lynch
    Favorite place on campus: 6th floor alcoves in the library
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Neil DeVotta (Politics & International Affairs)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Swimming, spin classes, going to the beach or the pool
    Career/industry interests: Lawyer, lobbying, negotiating contracts for professional athletes, marketing/PR
    If I had a superpower it would be: Mind reading
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Seeing how DC politics compares to Boston politics & getting to live in a new city

  • Avery Kirkpatrick (’24)

    Hometown: Concord, MA
    Majors: Politics & International Affairs; Psychology
    Minor: Computer Science
    Internship: Department of Education – Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs
    Favorite place on campus: The 4th floor of ZSR (not the Scholars’ Commons side)
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. EJ Masicampo (Psychology); Dr. Samuel Cho (Computer Science)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: Spending time with friends & exercising
    Career/industry interests: Education & labor policy, civil rights law, & non-profit consulting
    If I had a superpower it would be: To never care about what others think of me
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: Establishing a network & gaining valuable work experience

  • Gabi Overcast-Hawks (’24)

    Hometown: Durham, NC
    Major: Sociology
    Minors: Spanish; American Ethnic Studies
    Internship: Department of Justice – Voting Rights
    Favorite place on campus: 8th floor of ZSR
    Favorite WFU professor: Dr. Joseph Soares (Sociology)
    Favorite ways to spend free time: I like to run, do yoga, read, & listen to podcasts! I also like cooking, listening to music, & shopping!
    Career/industry interests: I am really interested in pursuing a career in civil rights law!
    If I had a superpower it would be: To speak or understand any language
    What I’m most looking forward to this semester: I am really excited for my internship & getting to see if public service law is something that interests me. I am even more excited to specialize in voting rights in the fall & learn about civil rights litigation & what the life of a civil rights lawyer looks like.



Wake Forest School of Law: D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program

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.