Long before Margaret Wang Rattay ’97 enrolled in the Washington Program, she loved the nation’s capitol. In fact, it was during a high school trip she made to D.C. to attend a week-long conference that Margaret (a Government/Music major at CMC) became interested in the workings of government and how she could become involved.
She got her wish when she enrolled in the Washington Program in the fall of 1995. “I wanted to experience what it would be like to live and work in D.C.,” Maggie says, “all within the parameters that CMC provided.”
Those parameters – full-time internships rooted in serious discussions of contemporary political issues -- have helped to make the Program a proud tradition at CMC for more than four decades and have benefitted generations of students at the College.
Rarely has a course of study at CMC been such an accurate precursor to a subsequent career. Michael Shear ’90 graduated from CMC as a Government major with a self-designed Journalism/Media minor. He now works for The New York Times as the newspaper’s White House Correspondent.
Talk about a harmonic convergence!
“The two things I always loved as a kid were politics and the media,” he says. “I had been the news editor of my high school newspaper and followed the 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns as much as a young person could. When I got to CMC and discovered the Washington program, it wasn't even a question. I knew I would be doing it. And I ended up falling in love with Washington while I was in the program -- and eventually moved here permanently.”
Ben Forster ’11 participated in the Washington Program during the spring of his junior year. During this semester, he interned at the Pentagon in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, International Security Affairs, and the Middle East. The following summer, he received a stipend through the European Union Center of California at Scripps College to work at the U.S. Mission to NATO before returning to CMC for his final year. Most recently, Forster worked as a consultant with LMI for the Pentagon, working with the Department of Defense advisor program. He is now a master’s candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. For Ben, taking part in the Washington Program led directly to future opportunities such as the internship at NATO. Through the contacts he made in D.C., Ben was able to secure a job after graduation.
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