Alumni Testimonials

Read the quotes below from alumni of our Live. Learn. Intern. programs in Washington, DC.


“This program as a whole exceeded every expectation I had prior to attending. There is no better way to experience Washington DC than through a program of the Fund for American Studies.”
Virginia Chase Forrester, Clemson University
Intern, Americans United for Life

“This program is truly a remarkable one, allowing me to fully experience Washington DC and connect to people who can help me down the road.”
David Bader, University of Missouri, Columbia,
Intern, Representative Vicky Hartzler

“As a lifelong DC resident, this program provided me with opportunities I never would’ve had and opportunities I didn’t know existed. It offers an alumni network that would otherwise take a lifetime to develop, and great opportunities for leadership development. My internship was, hands down, the best DC internship that I, or any of my DC friends, have ever had.”
Emily Marsteller, Davidson College
Intern, State Government Affairs Council

“This program opened up so many doors for me. I was able to live in a city I love and learned the importance of networking. I have a lot clearer goals for myself after my summer in DC!”
Rachael Wallace, University of Oregon
Intern, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

“This program exceeded my already high expectations for my DC summer. If you are looking to broaden your professional network, gain valuable career insight, and experience our nation’s capital, then this program is for you.”
William Kelly, Wabash College
Intern, Huntbridge

“Through this program, I was able to enter into a professional setting immediately and garner skills that I am confident will benefit me in my career. I was not a policy enthusiast before arriving to DC, but after meeting dozens of congressmen/congresswomen/senators and have the opportunity to meet the President and sit in on hearings, I can say with full confidence that I caught the policy bug and am adjusting my career path to enable me to return to DC one day!”
Jeff Skinner, Georgia College
Intern, Caterpillar, Inc.

“This program allowed me to truly experience DC and all that it has to offer both personally and professionally.”
Alyse Andre, University of San Francisco
Intern, The Winvale Group

“This is a fantastic city, with great people and countless opportunities.”
Anthony Nicotera, University of Florida
Intern, New York Times

“This has been the best summer of my life, DC grew on me and I can’t wait to call it my new home next year.”
Miranda Olson, SUNY Fredonia
Intern, Matt Laslo News Service

“The slogan is Live. Learn. Intern. My favorite part is live. Living in D.C. and exposing myself to things I never have before.”
Katelyn Haas, Indiana University
Intern, Moment Magazine

“My summer with this program was absolutely unique. When I came to Washington DC, I was afraid of being overly excited and then being easily disappointed, but everything was actually even better than I expected! The overall experience helped me build self-confidence, get valuable work experience, meet very interesting professionals and challenge my beliefs. As an international student I came into an unknown environment, however, the amazing staff made everything to run smoothly and perfectly. They were always there to provide me necessary support and to make sure that everything was alright. To sum it up, these two months were so far the best I have ever experienced. I got friends for life and will always fondly remember my summer. Thank you for everything!”
Katarina Marxtova, Charles University
Intern, The Social Media Monthly

“I got to write front-page stories for The Washington Times and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s safe to say that this summer was anything but ordinary.”
Emma Patton, Oklahoma Baptist University
Intern, The Washington Times

“My summer in DC was without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being able to spend a summer working, learning, and making connections and amazing friends made this summer one I will never forget.”
Steven Pagach, Virginia Commonwealth University
Intern, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

“This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in our nation’s capital and witness history being made every day. The lessons learned and people met this summer will continue to impact me the rest of my life. I know that I will be able to make a difference in the future because of this program.”
Alex Olsen, United States Air Force Academy
Intern, The Roosevelt Group

“This program provided me with an opportunity I’ll never forget! I interacted with intellectual students and participated in invigorating discussion, all while enjoying the experience and excitement of DC life.”
James Castle Roberts III, Louisiana Tech University
Intern, National Defense Industrial Association/Khannections, LLC Health Defense

“This program isn’t for the weak of heart. You will in tested in ways you never expected. But if you succeed here, you’ll make it anywhere.”
Mackenzie Clark, University of Memphis
Intern, Student Language Exchange

“I spent the fastest and greatest 8 weeks of my life with this program. You truly do ‘Live, Learn and Intern’ in an unforgettable way.”
Abby Witt, Asbury University
Intern, Time Warner Cable


“This program exposed me to more ideas, perspectives, and relevant experience in two months than my college did in years; all while pairing me with like-minded people who have turned into close friends and contacts.”
Allen Vayner, Pennsylvania State University
Intern, CRC Public Relations

“Innovating a way of economic learning.”
Troy Nodelman, The Ohio State University
Intern, CRC Public Relations

“I learned to think about economics in a different way. It’s not just about the numbers. Economics is about people and how lives can be bettered across the world.”
Emma Farris, George Washington University
Intern, DB Capital Strategies

“I learned more about my academic interests and government in the last 8 weeks than I have in the last 8 years.”
Christine Ward, University of Missouri, Columbia
Intern, Nancy Bocskor Associates

“I have gained a level of knowledge and confidence that not only can be applicable as a professional but as individual as well. I’m looking forward to the future more than ever before.”
Gabriella Pisani, Miami Dade College
Intern, TE Connectivity

“I started the program not sure what I was getting into for the next seven weeks. However, as I end the program, I am blown away by the opportunities, the experiences, and knowledge that I can take with me back to my university. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.”
Zachary Campbell, United States Air Force Academy
Intern, Harris Corporation

“This program is transforming our young, thriving minds into adulthood. I can definitely say this opportunity presented so many doors to be opened in the future.”
Jessica Cohen, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Intern, Little Lights Urban Ministries

“I am walking away from the program with a better understanding of myself and the opportunities after college.”
Paige Ritzman, University of Nevada, Reno
Intern, kglobal

“This program will help expand your knowledge of economics and choices in our everyday life.”
Troy Nodelman, The Ohio State University
Intern, CRC Public Relations

“This program was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It helped me hone in the path I wanted to take.”
Brooke Cary, Thomas Edison State University
Intern, New York Times

“I have been able to grow as a professional, student, and individual because of all the resources this program has given us throughout the summer. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Janay Reece, Winthrop University
Intern, Red Eye Post TV

“My summer with this program taught me more than I have learned throughout my years in college. The opportunities were endless and I firmly believe that this program helped me to gain connections that I would not have otherwise met.”
Claire London, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Intern, The Roosevelt Group

“This was a life changing experience that I would not give up in any way shape or form. This summer completely changed my perspective on me and my career.”
Hayley Morrill, Schreiner University
Intern, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

“This program will provide you with knowledge and values that will enable you to be a better leader in the future.”
Austin Sheehy, University of Central Oklahoma
Intern, Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

“This program opens doors to meet influential people and visit economic, social, and political institutions I never thought were possible. As a result of these unparalleled opportunities, I now have a much better sense of direction for both my academic and career path. It’s truly been an amazing experience to live, learn, and intern in DC. It’s helped me to grow a lot not only personally, but also professionally.”
Danielle Grier, Williams College
Intern, Student Language Exchange

“This program has been an enlightening experience to say the least. I’ve learned more about what I am capable of in the span of 8 weeks than I ever thought possible. They give you the push and the helping hand simultaneously in order for you to excel in the semi-real world.”
Sara Haire, University of Alabama
Intern, Center for a Secure Free Society

“This program’s strengths lie in its ability to create an engaging and interactive community for first time interns in DC. With the extensive network and support services, you can’t not take advantage of everything DC has to offer.”
Andrew Konnerth, Providence College
Intern, Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina


“Interning at the United States Office of Government Ethics was a tremendous experience. It helped enhance skills I intend to use later in my career and it developed a burning passion inside me to enter public service.”
Andrew Novak, William Jewell
Intern, Office of Government Ethics

“My internship pushed me out of my comfort zones in the best way possible and has given me a greater sense of confidence in my abilities moving forward.”
Rachel Brocklehurst, New York University
Intern, Small Business Administration

“Interning in DC is unlike interning in any other place around the world. Constant exposure to professionals and decision-makers is something that will impact you for the rest of your life.”
Lenka Slezakova, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Business
Intern, CO2logic. Inc.

“My internship was a great stepping stone for me into the professional world. My experiences at work helped me realize what I truly want to accomplish throughout my career.”
Courtney Bak, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Intern, So Others May Eat

“I never would have found this internship on my own; I didn’t even know that the organization I was going to work for existed before I arrived. But this program was successful in finding a “hidden gem” of an experience. I was able to learn so much from my supervisor and coworkers; I made connections that will extend well into my professional and personal spheres.”
Telyse Masaoay, Vanderbilt University
Intern, Navajo Nation

“I learned that a successful internship is more than the work you do, but rather, how you approach your work and how you interact with the people that surround you.”
Emma Farris, George Washington University,
Intern, DB Capital Strategies

“My internship has shaped my future aspirations academically and professionally.”
Nora Riddle, University of Denver
Intern, U.S.-Taiwan Business Council

“Interning in DC was the best thing that could have happened to me. I gained so much experience, created so many connections, and learned a lot about myself. Definitely life-changing.”
Shameeka Price-Cleare, Norfolk State University
Intern, Association of National Advertisers

“Upon arriving to DC I was anxious, nervous, and excited for what my internship with Caterpillar would entail. Part of me thought that I would be treated as just another “intern” and would have to get people coffee, make copies, etc. I was able to meet the CEO of the fortune 100 company that I was working with on my 3rd day on the job, sit in on intimate meetings with US House Reps, attend congressional events while representing my company, and experience an absolutely incredible summer in an office setting. The things I learned at my internship will be extremely valuable when I enter my career.”
Jeff Skinner, Georgia College
Intern, Caterpillar, Inc.

“My internship provided me the experience needed to learn what it was like to work in a professional environment and also build the skills necessary for other types of jobs for the future.”
Annie Scheck, Ohio State University
Intern, CRC Public Relations

“Working at the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration was a fantastic way to gain professional work experience, meet wonderful people, and have a hand in the ever-changing world economy.”
Avery Nelson, University of Denver
Intern, International Trade Administration – Office of Africa

“Enrolling in this program was one of the best decisions of my undergraduate career. I enjoyed every minute of my D.C. internship.”
Katherine Brana-Milian, Florida Atlantic University
Intern, Advocacy Project

“As if I didn’t think I could love social media more, CRC Public Relations gave him an entirely different perspective how great digital media is not only on the personal level but also the professional level.”
Claire Jones, University of Oklahoma
Intern, CRC Public Relations

“My internship taught me so many things about myself – it helped me form a better idea of my career goals while providing me with professional skills I will be able to use for the rest of my career.”
Allie Miller, Clemson University
Intern, kglobal