"My participation in the 2007 Washington Term program enriched my understanding of national politics and, equally, invigorated my college experience. For me, the exposure to the operational element of politics, coupled with grounding in foundational texts and more contemporary commentary, equipped and drove me to think critically about government. The twin pillars of WT, internship and academic study, meant that I was both drawn into the beltway vortex and distanced from it. Weekly seminars, where WT participants scattered across Washington think tanks and Capitol Hill offices were brought together, offered still broader exposure to the various moving pieces of Washington politics, as did weekly lectures from practitioners. WT continues to inform my study at the graduate level, and I remain close to friends from Washington Term on Capitol Hill and elsewhere today: suffice it to say, I highly recommend Washington Term!" - Richard Cleary ‘09

"I was a Member of the Washington Term program in spring 2008. I interned at the American Enterprise Institute for Drs. Norman Ornstein and John Fortier. The Washington Term program is uniquely placed to offer unparalleled access to the institutions and offices that comprise D.C. As a student of politics and economics in the Williams School, I was routinely exposed to theories, articles, and discussions on the nature and operation of our dynamic political system. In the Washington Term program, these issues came alive. I strongly urge any student that desires a true understanding of politics to apply to this program, as it is absolutely necessary to complement the academic side of politics with the messy but engaging reality of politics in action." - Dane Davis ‘10

"Washington Term, for me, was a dynamic, unforgettable experience. From helping my office set up a Vanity Fair photo shoot for some of our nation's most influential people to watching negotiation simulations at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, every moment of my six weeks in Washington was exciting and memorable. Few undergraduate experiences combine such intellectual rigor and practical experience as effectively as the Washington Term Program -- all in what I consider to be one of the greatest cities in the world!" -Yuji Eugina Huang '09, Press Intern, Office of the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

"Participating in the Washington Term program was one of the most rewarding experiences I had at W&L. It afforded me the chance to see and experience everything I had been reading about in my classes. While learning the foundations in a classroom is an important first step, actually working on Capitol Hill and experiencing the D.C. lifestyle taught me things I couldn't learn in a textbook. Having a small group of students who are in a wide variety of internships throughout the city (both on and off the Hill) provides them with a uniquely rewarding and informative seminar experience. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning about our government first-hand or working in Washington after college." - Jennifer Nunes ‘10