Career Corner: The Mount in Washington

Can you imagine living and working in our nation’s capital?  Do you want to have meaningful work that has an impact on the entire country –and even the world? Whether you’re interested in business, politics, law, science, news and entertainment media or research and scholarship, Washington D.C. is at the epicenter of all things big. Here at the Mount, we have an excellent opportunity for students to connect with some of the biggest and most influential organizations in the country.

Thanks to The Mount in Washington Internship Program, facilitated by the Mount Career Center, students are able to intern at a whole host of organizations located in D.C. for only the cost of a Mount semester. Some of these places you may have heard of: CNN, Deutsche Bank, the White House, World Bank, the U.S. Department of Treasury, ABC News, the Business Software Alliance and Amnesty International.

The Mount in Washington program is one of the best opportunities available to students for gaining crucial hands-on experience at a high-profile organization. You will be creating a stand-out resume and building deep professional networks that could open up doors to a world of gratifying career opportunities and professional development. If you’ve dreamed of working in a place where all the action is, where the work you do is on the cutting-edge of industry and scholarship, or if you’re just looking for an internship to add to your resume, then The Mount in Washington program is for you.

If I’ve peaked your interest, then I hope to persuade you to take that spark and turn it into a concrete plan for achieving your goals. Before I detail how the program works, and how you can join, I’d like to give you an overview of the organizations involved to familiarize yourself with the mission of the program. The Mount in Washington Internship Program is a partnership between the Mount and two established and reputable internship programs –the Washington Internship Institute and The Washington Center– which have been successfully placing students in excellent internships for decades. Their goal is to engage students in an experiential education environment that challenges students to become critical thinkers, to develop tomorrow’s leaders in government, scholarship, business and media and to encourage civic engagement.

Over the years, the groups have churned out tens-of-thousands of diverse professionals who are highly-sought after in today’s job market. The partnership that the Mount has with these two organizations allows students to become well-rounded leaders who have a sense of duty to others while realizing their professional goals. You may have seen Matthew Pouss, Assistant Director of the Career Center, and Gregory Weight, President of the Washington Internship Institute, come into your class to speak about The Mount in Washington program. This speaks to the commitment that we have to seeing you succeed, and we believe the partnership between the Mount and these two wonderful organizations presents an unmatched opportunity to get the experience, skills and knowledge needed for you to realize your dreams.

The Mount in Washington Internship Program is a semester-long program for which students can earn 15 academic credits towards their major. The idea is to supplement students’ traditional classroom education with hands-on experience that is critical for entering today’s complicated work world. The creators of the program understood that it is necessary to be completely immersed in the internship environment in order to fully take advantage of the opportunities for growth that D.C. offers. They knew that there’s no better way of understanding what it’s like to live and work in D.C. then to actually live and work in D.C. That is why the program provides student housing to all interns.

In addition to receiving credits during the spring or fall semester, students will be able to pay for the program using Mount tuition –including any scholarships and financial aid you received. You may also work with Residence Life to release your Mount housing contract, meaning you can use that money towards your Washington housing. The housing provided features fully furnished apartments with easy access to public transportation. You will be working at your internship four days out of the week, as well as attending a seminar once a week. After applying to the organization of your choice, you will then get to apply for specific internships of your choosing. The Career Center will aid you in every step of this process so you know what to do. I strongly urge you to contact the Career Center if you want to take advantage of this opportunity, or if you simply want more information. Any student who is a junior or senior, with at least a 2.75 GPA, can apply. Exceptions are sometimes made for second-semester sophomores.

Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to explore our nation’s capital while growing as a young professional. There will be an info session about the program on February 9th, from 11:30am – 12:00pm, and from 12:30pm – 1:00pm, facilitated by or very own Matthew Pouss. He will be hosting a representative from the Washington Center to speak about the internship program.

I personally will be attending this event to hear Matt speak about the different types of internship opportunities available. The potential benefits you will receive from this program can’t be overstated. Having this internship under your belt will undoubtedly give you a leg up in your search for a job after school. Employers are always looking for applicants who have hands-on experience in the field that they’re pursuing. And if you do an exceptional job, there’s always the possibility that you will be offered a position after you’ve completed your degree.

The Mount in Washington Internship Program will help you become the leader that you’ve always wanted to be –knowledgeable, confident and experienced. I think it’s a great chance to transform yourself from aspiring student to seasoned, young professional. Living and working in D.C. at renowned organizations will help you develop your skills, build your professional network, and familiarize yourself with your desired industry. Do something big and complete your college experience by making the first step into the professional world. Advance your career and explore Washington!

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