Promise

➜ Issue 3 | Spring 2011 | A Magazine for Alumni of e Washington Center

Internships and Academic Seminars

2011 to 2016
In this issue:

AHEAD

A BOLD LOOK

A look at our 5-year plan

On the cover:

From le to right: Sunhwa Lee ’11 ( Korea University) and Dana Briton, Amy Oliver, and Laura Bentley (’11, Stonehill College) at a recent Alumni Networking reception that featured a special appearance and book signing by Karith Foster ’94, comedian, author, and TWC alumna.

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OUR VISION TOWARD 2016
We hope that you noticed how strongly we’ve stepped up our outreach to alumni like you. Today, over 5,500 alumni have joined our online community, and thousands more are members of e Washington Center’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Real progress, but there’s a long way to go if we’re to more tightly connect with the more than 45,000 of you who receive mailings like this issue of Promise. It’s all part of a broader plan to improve and extend e Washington Center experience.

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Over the last two years, e Washington Center’s board, alumni, students, donors, sta , college and university partners, and internship sites have been re ecting on our history and track record and have begun to chart a course for the future. More than 240 alumni from around the world participated in our online strategy plan survey, and some 20 local alumni participated in a focus group to help set goals. e result is an ambitious 2011–2016 strategic plan. Over the next ve years we intend to solidify our foundation to support a much larger and more diverse program; dramatically improve the discipline, reach, and e cacy of our e orts; and, ultimately, set an ambitious new standard for experiential education. Our board, sta , educational and employer partners, loyal supporters—and you, our extraordinary alumni—must all work together if we are to succeed.

IMAGINE LEVE

is issue of Promise outlines the three stages of that plan: solidifying our foundation, leveraging our strengths, and imagining what’s possible. We want your feedback, your support, and most of all, your participation in realizing these goals. is is an ideal time to get involved—to improve, not just pass on, the experience that you had at e Washington Center. e work ahead will materially a ect the lives of generations of students and provide a great way to connect with an in uential alumni group that cuts across diverse academic, geographic, and professional boundaries. e more closely we work together, the more valuable the network—your network—will become. Our goal to advance experiential education is audacious. As audacious as when Bill and Sheila Burke set out 36 years ago to found e Washington Center. ey took a bold step into the unknown and opened up a new world for college and university students. We’re ready, with your help, to take that step forward again.

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Michael B. Smith
PRESIDENT

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Students from the fall 2010 class return from a visit to the Canadian Embassy.

SOLIDIFY THE FOUNDATION

THE OPPORTUNITY IS THERE. UNTAPPED. A CHANCE TO AFFECT THE LIVES AND CAREERS OF A FAR DEEPER AND BROADER POOL OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ACROSS AMERICA AND BEYOND.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Today, over 80% of college and university students will participate in an internship. A web-connected world has lowered the barriers to creating and promoting experiential education programs. Schools and their students have many opportunities to enhance their core academic experience. Employers can tap into online forums or reach out directly to potential interns. With your help, we intend to raise the standards for experiential education. To advance our vision of an integrated living, working, and learning experience that positively transforms the lives, careers, and mind-set of students. To lead. Our immediate priority is to gather and solidify e Washington Center’s base. e journey ahead will require more diversi ed sources of funding; deeper collaboration with schools, employers, alumni, and legislators; new talent and partners; and the completion of the work to re ne our processes and infrastructure so they are fully integrated and scalable. We have hard work ahead of us, but the rewards for success are substantial.

We see alumni as a key to e Washington Center’s future and are focusing on building the alumni organization on a regional, national, and international basis. You and your fellow alums are the best way to extend our reach. You bring hard-earned expertise and resources to advance and mentor students. You are a gateway into government and the world’s leading commercial, not-for-pro t, and educational organizations. You understand and can attest to the value of e Washington Center experience. If you are not an active member of the alumni community, we’d like to talk to you about how you can get involved. For some, the alumni community is a way to give back by enabling others to share the TWC experience; for others, it is a way to share a lifetime of experience and accomplishments with a new generation; and for many, it is a way to leverage an amazing cohort of 45,000 people around the world. Whatever your reasons, take a rst small step today and connect through:
TWC ALUMNI COMMUNITY

http://alumni.twc.edu www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com

THE OFFICIAL TWC ALUMNI GROUP

TWC ALUMNI COMMUNITY GROUP

JOIN OUR ALUMNI ONLINE COMMUNITY

When we began pursuing our mission 36 years ago, experiential education was more an idea than a reality. Internships were arranged ad hoc for a privileged few. e working experience was not tightly linked to an academic program. e barriers to creating and gaining support for innovative programs were signi cant. e Washington Center helped change all that. But some of what was once pioneering is now routine.

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EVERY FIVE YEARS, WE STEP COMPLETELY OUT OF THE DAY-TO-DAY TRACK TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT WE’RE DOING AND CONSIDER BETTER APPROACHES.

LEVERAGE EVERY STRENGTH

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Bertha Ilana Spath ’10 (Emerson College), le , and Jocelyne Bwatu Mbuy ’10 (University of Antwerp, Belgium) at Voice of America, their internship site.

is past year, as we discussed and dra ed the 2011–2016 strategic plan, we came away with clear insights and ambitious goals: First, we resolved to better articulate and measure the shortand long-term e ects of our programs. A er all, it isn’t possible to optimize, much less advance, what isn’t measured. Our 36-year history is a unique legacy that guides ongoing operations as well as the testing of new approaches. Second, we serve just a fraction of the U.S.-based schools, students, and employers that would bene t from our approach to experiential education. And when you consider other countries, we haven’t even scratched the surface. We intend to grow—surely and quickly—to meet those needs. ird, a more interconnected world requires that we bring a truly international perspective to our programs, actively seek a diverse group of students, expand internship opportunities, and incorporate technological advances into our process. is approach will make e Washington Center more relevant and e ective. Fourth, there are still nancial barriers for many worthy students who would like to be part of e Washington Center. We need to eliminate those barriers.

FIRST, we need your insights on the e

ectiveness of our programs and the processes (such as applications and internship matching) that guide students, from learning about e Washington Center to becoming alumni.

SECOND, we need your help in strengthening

e Washington Center’s connections with schools, employers, and government. We know that our 45,000 alums represent a powerful force in signing on new a liate schools, identifying amazing internship opportunities, opening up new sources of funding, and acting as passionate advocates at a national, state, and local government level.

THIRD, we need you—here. Alumni as mentors, speakers, strategists, recruiters, and more have the potential to most dramatically improve the quality and value of the experience for our students. You know what it’s like to enter a new world in D.C., and you can add depth and context for the students who are in the midst of that experience. FOURTH, as you know, civic engagement is one of the three

pillars of e Washington Center. We hope you will share stories of how you are giving back to your community with other alumni and current students. You can connect with e Washington Center on these areas and more at http://alumni.twc.edu/Promise.

INSPIRE US.

SHARE YOUR STORIES

WE’D LIKE YOUR HELP IN FOUR AREAS:

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WE WERE BORN OF AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND HAVE THRIVED BY TAPPING INTO THAT SAME SPIRIT IN SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, AND EMPLOYERS WHO, LIKE US, WANTED TO OPEN NEW VISTAS OF OPPORTUNITY AND CHANGE WHAT WAS POSSIBLE.

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES

Adriana Velez Leon ’10 (University of Puerto Rico) in front of the Capitol Building.

Washington, D.C. will stay at the center of our programs, but what if we could amplify that experience? Imagine a sojourn to Camp David that evokes the drama of Middle East diplomacy, a journey to Wall Street that steps behind the curtain of global nance, or an immersion in the culture of Silicon Valley that viscerally connects students to the fount of technical innovation. Imagine extending student experiences beyond America to cultural, political, scienti c, and commerce touchstones across the planet. e logistical barriers are daunting, similar to the challenges we faced in opening the path to Washington, D.C. But this time we have the experience and network to avoid pitfalls and move forward more surely.

We’re putting out a call for our alums—thinkers, leaders, teachers, artists, businesswomen and -men, theorists, realists, and more. If you have expertise, insights, and dreams for what e Washington Center can become—what experiential education can do—we want to hear from you. Together, we will set a new standard of academic rigor and quantitative measurement for our programs and become a stronger voice for innovation in experiential education. Contact us at http://alumni.twc.edu/Promise.

JOIN IN

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

ALUMNI NOW
“To see such successful TWC alumni encourages me to work my hardest, to someday be on that panel for future TWC students.”
Andrea Englert, Dickinson College '12

TAKE ACTION.
FIRST, join

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW.

Most alumni programs begin the day after you leave— ours starts the day you arrive.

e Washington Center s online communities:
TWC ALUMNI COMMUNITY

http://alumni.twc.edu
THE OFFICIAL TWC ALUMNI GROUP

e Washington Center’s ALUMNI NOW program is designed to connect new students to our amazing pool of alumni right from the start. e advantages are clear. Students get experienced guides to our programs, Washington D.C., and their chosen careers. Alumni get to connect with a new generation of TWC’ers—giving them an opportunity to give back to their own community and be the rst in line to tap into new talent. e Washington Center hosts several ALUMNI NOW events each semester. ese include an alumni speaker panel at orientation, the Alumni Lunch Series, a student-alumni networking reception, and specialized student-alumni programs that change each semester. Most recently, students enrolled in e Washington Center’s spring Political Leadership Program participated in a discussion with a carefully selected panel of alumni. e panel shared personal stories of their experiences and o ered seasoned advice on how to get the most out of e Washington Center’s programs, leverage internships to secure full-time employment, and navigate life a er college. ALUMNI NOW is attracting more and more of our alumni talent. Michael Hutshneker ’07 of the Clarus Research Group, Joe Pally ’98 of We eAlliance.com, Adrienne Christian ’96, Chief of Sta for Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Mark Simakovsky ’01 of the State Department recently participated in a memorable panel discussion. Students later told their Program Advisors that it was “the best program yet!” To become a part of the ALUMNI NOW program, visit http://alumni.twc.edu/AlumniNOW.

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TWC ALUMNI COMMUNITY GROUP

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NEXT, visit

http://alumni.twc.edu/Promise to:

➜ Share your SUCCESSES: Have you recently earned an MBA? Got a promotion? Published a book? Been honored? ➜ Share your CIVIC

ENGAGEMENT: Let us
know what you re doing to give back to your community and nation. ➜ Share your

DONATE TO OUR ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Have an immediate and tangible e ect on the life of a student by giving to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Visit https://www.twc.edu/support/donate to make your tax-deductible and secure online donation today.

OPPORTUNITIES:
Post job openings for fellow TWC alumni.

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e National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has partnered with e Washington Center to fund a pilot program that provides selected student athletes an opportunity to take advantage of a TWC internship. e Washington Center Alumni of the Year award was presented to Bradley J. Kiley ’82, Director of the O ce of Management and Administration at the White House, at an awards luncheon on October 4, 2010. Joint Chiefs of Sta , addressed the Inside Washington ’10 seminar participants in January. e Washington Center launched a newly redesigned website as part of its rebranding e orts in the fall of 2010. e Capital Alumni Regional Committee hosted its annual alumni holiday party on December 8 at TWC headquarters. Over 100 alumni and friends of e Washington Center celebrated together while donating canned goods to a local charity, So Others May Eat. e event raised almost $1,000 for student scholarships. e Puerto Rico Alumni Regional Committee hosted its annual holiday party on December 20, 2010, with over 200 guests. Guests donated toys for local charities for the holiday season. e Chicago Alumni Regional Committee hosted a networking happy hour on March 2, 2011, at Rebar in the Trump Chicago Hotel. A group of alumni gathered to recount their TWC experiences, share their stories, and solicit volunteers to help create a sustainable alumni regional committee. TV/radio personality, kicked o the spring 2011 Student Alumni Networking Reception on March 31, 2011, at which almost 100 students and alumni came together to share laughs and to network.

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A BOLD LOOK

e Alumni Advisory Board recently added four new board members: Donni Turner ’89, a principal at Podesta Group; Barbara Merola ’03, a sales professional at Bloomberg; Rob Consalvo ’90, Boston City Councilman; and Stefan Kalina ’92, counsel in the Litigation Department at Lowenstein Sandler PC.

SAVE THE DATE.

2011 Gala
Monday, October 3
e National Building Museum Tickets for alumni are at a reduced price of $250 (a $500 value). Purchase your ticket today: http://alumni.twc.edu

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Promise magazine is published twice a year, in the spring and fall, for TWC alumni. You can also read Promise online at http://alumni.twc.edu.
ALUMNI RELATIONS STAFF

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Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz Senior Vice President, External A airs Sarah E. Jagolinzer Senior Manager, Alumni Relations © 2011. e Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. All rights reserved. e Washington Center actively strives for equal access to its programs for all, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, or veteran status.

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e Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
1333 16th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20036-2205 Phone: 202-238-7900 Fax: 202-238-7700 Toll Free: 800-486-8921 Email: Alumni@twc.edu http://alumni.twc.edu

9. Karith Foster ’94, comedian, author, and