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HWS Students Explore D.C.

Each January, a select group of students travel to mingle with politicians and alum living and working in the Washington, D.C. area.  The three-day “Day on the Hill,” excursion allows students to see the wide variety of work available in politics through prominent speakers, a number of site visits, and networking opportunities.  This year, 19 students, in conjunction with the Sailsbury Center for Career Services and under the guidance of Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, will have the unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of life in the capital.

On the morning of Thursday, Jan. 6, the Honorable Ludwig Gaines ’88, of Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger, LLP, will deliver the keynote address to students, starting off the program by sharing his experience with the judicial system.  Later in the morning, Hadley Sosnoff ’06, a former legislative director, and William Cox ’06, an employee of Lockheed Martin MS2, Government Programs, will join the group to talk about work on the Hill.  Rachel Henderson ’06, an account supervisor of public affairs at Ogilvy Washington, will follow, providing her insight on public relations in D.C.

In the afternoon, the group will be joined by Matt Milner ’99, the founder of Edgeworth Economics, an economics consulting firm, and Patrick Byrne ’02, the company’s COO.  Alex Kaplan ’01, vice president at Swiss Reinsurance who serves as a lobbyist and consultant representing international businesses in Congress and the White House, and Peyton Craighill ’94, who is a part of the Polling Unit of the Washington Post, are also set to meet with students for engaging discussion. 

The day’s lectures will close with a panel of young alumni working in D.C.  The panel consists of Zach Alton ’09, a political consultant at Fieldworks, Libby Foley ’10, a government affairs intern for the Alaska Wilderness League, Austin Kana ’09, a junior analyst for New West Technologies, LLC, Michael Kaplun ’08, a consultant for the Fratelli Group, Joshua Strenger ’09, an associate consultant at the Touchstone Consulting Group, and Lauren Zeitler ’09, project director at WWP Strategies.  The panel will provide students with a perspective on beginning a career in the heart of politics.

Following a day of speakers, the group is scheduled to make site visits throughout the city. Under the guidance of Stuart Hillenbrand ’04, a uniformed division officer for the U.S. Secret Service, students will receive a guided tour of the White House. 

After the tour, students will embark on journeys to a variety of lobbying organizations and political think tanks in the capital including the Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, Podesta Group, Center for American Progress, Heritage Foundation, and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, where Karin Moore ’89 serves as vice president.  The annual trip will wrap-up with a group discussions and reflections on the experience.

The photo above features those from HWS who attended the Day on the Hill event in 2010 outside of the White House.