For its sixth year, the Day on the Hill program will take 21 students, under the guidance of Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, on a three-day exploration of the political careers available in Washington, D.C.
“This trip provides an interesting and rich perspective on how D.C. works,” says Lucas. “Students are able to connect with alums with a vast array of backgrounds – alums that know D.C. politics as well as the city’s approach to law and advocacy. They take time to give students meaningful advice on how to best get ahead in D.C.”
“We look for students who will benefit from a network; those who will benefit from being in D.C.,” remarks Deutchman of the program’s diverse range of participants. “We have students from many different disciplines – not just political science. We have economics majors, public policy and international relations students – we even have one person who is in the environmental studies program.”
Students will be welcomed to the capital with an address by President Mark D. Gearan, who has extensive experience in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Colleges, Gearan served as Director of the Peace Corps from 1995-1999, and also served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff during the Clinton administration.
Following Gearan’s remarks, Karin Moore ’89, assistant general counsel at Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, will lead off the program as the keynote speaker. Moore, who participated in the program last year, will discuss her career path, as well as how students can best seize opportunities following graduation.
This year’s program will also include a panel on “Life After the Hill,” with perspectives from Hadley Sosnoff ’06, managing director of The Majority Group, and William Cox ’06, senior associate at Hickey and Associates – two of the first students to participate in the inaugural Day on the Hill program. Deutchman notes that this desire to give back to the Day on the Hill is a testimony to the importance and success of the program.
Another panel will help students get a grasp on what it is like to work on the Hill. It will be led by Keith Castaldo ’04, economic policy adviser to Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D – N.J.), and Jeremy Horan ’07, legislative assistant to Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D – Hawaii).
“As a senior intern at the HWS Alumni House, I am excited to connect with alums who might be able to help me next year,” explains Corey McClintock ’12. She is interested in pursuing a career that will combine her interests in public relations and public affairs.
An annual highlight is the young alum panel, providing students with a view of what their immediate future might look like. With everything from advice on getting an internship to how to live life in a big city, the young alums have a keen ability to connect with students and guide them.
This year, the young alum panel welcomes Kelsey Bair ’11, intern at Ogilvy Public Relations; Dan Boysen ’11, finance assistant for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Caleb Campbell ’11, intern at the Center for American Progress; Libby Foley ’10, executive assistant to the president at Environmental Working Group; Andrew Mahoney ’11, research assistant at Project on Middle East Democracy; Teddy Tanzer ’10, research analyst at American Crossroads; and Jalisa Whitley ’11, technical assistance coordinator for Alliances for Quality Education, Inc.
Jennifer LeBlanc ’94, vice president of development at ecoAmerica; Dr. Sandra Rivera ’85, assistant to the director at the U.S. International Trade Commission; and Jason Ryan ’96, producer for ABC News, will also be participating on panels, speaking with students about everthing from current events to international trade and the environment.
The program also includes several site visits, with the larger group subdividing to best explore all that the capital has to offer. This year, students will venture to the Democratic and Republican National Committees, as well as the Heritage Foundation and the Center for American Progress. At Ogilvy Public Relations, participants will meet with Rachel Henderson ’06, account supervisor of the Public Affairs Group, while others will have the opportunity to meet with Peyton Craighill ’94, polling manager at the Washington Post.
“There are so many diverse companies and organizations that we will be learning about, and I am excited to hear about our alums’ experiences with them,” says Brian Horn ’12. “It’ll be great to network with alums and other people that we meet, as a way to learn more about different career fields.”
Other alums participating in the 2012 program include Jennifer Legat ’94, human resources manager at Workforce Planning & Retention at the Washington Post; Kathleen Tetrault ’89, director, marketing and brand strategy at the Washington Post; Hannah Fairfield Wallander ’96, director of graphics at the Washington Post; and Hannah Zale ’09, a member of the legal team at the Center for American Progress.
“The good news is that there are so many alums in D.C., we have a lot of people willing to help,” says Deutchman. “Our alums are the best in the world. In fact, it is often the alums who initiate connections with our students; they really make themselves available.”
The photo above features students, faculty and staff at HWS’ Day on the Hill experience from 2010.