An intense interest in foreign policy led Harry Kruglik ’01 into the Washington Program in 1999, and he hasn’t looked back since – not for a minute.
“Working at the American Foreign Service Association, the voice of America's diplomats, I learned about pressing foreign policy and personnel issues from the perspective of State Department employee, and important but basic skills like how to work in a professional environment,” he said. “It was very helpful!”
After earning a law degree at George Washington University Law School, Kruglik, who majored in International Relations and History at CMC, went “straight into politics” where he said he was lucky enough to associate himself with Barack Obama during his 2004 Senate race (for more than two years, Kruglik worked as a Legislative Clerk for Obama).
When Obama was elected President, Kruglik became Deputy Director of Presidential Correspondence. After that, he became a speechwriter, first in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management then as Speechwriter to the Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. Currently, Kruglik serves as Speechwriter to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
“I've lived in DC for most of my post-CMC life, so that first experience during the semester program was very influential in everything that I’ve done since,” Kruglik said. “The thought of DC was a little intimidating for me, so it was valuable for me to learn that all kinds of people work here, and that I was on the same level as them.”
Kruglik’s advice to CMCers who will embark on the Washington Program this year: “Get out and explore the city,” he said. “Crash receptions on the Hill, meet interesting people, get out on U Street or H Street. If you want to work in D.C., having D.C. experience on your resume is a big boost. The program helps you get the lay of the land so you can find out if D.C. is really the place for you, and what specifically you want to do here.”