Liberty University students have the unique opportunity to spend a semester living and working in the fast-paced and energetic atmosphere of our nation’s capital. The Washington Fellowship is a semester-long internship program that places students in an organization in Washington, D.C. that will best equip them for their future careers. Liberty students have interned at a number of prominent organizations including (but not limited to):
Throughout the semester, professional development and networking events are offered to ensure that students not only secure academic credit, but also valuable life skills.
Senior Michelle Dunn is one of many students who has experienced the benefits of the Washington Fellowship first-hand. When she enrolled as a freshman at Liberty, she already knew that she wanted to be a history teacher. After applying for the Washington Fellowship and sharing her goals and interests with a program representative, she was placed in an educational outreach position at the National Archives, located in the heart of D.C. This organization allowed Dunn to work directly with students in the classroom, demonstrating an interactive lab activity that promotes awareness of how the Constitution has affected U.S. history. In addition, she assisted with workshops promoting various educational resources available to teachers, and helped approve documents that would be beneficial in the classroom.
The internship was not the only invaluable experience she had while in D.C., says Dunn. She learned the significance of connecting with people and building both personal and professional relationships. She also saw the value of embracing different cultures while still holding firm to her Christian values.
“Through the Washington Fellowship, I was able to combine my passions for history and education, developing the skills necessary for a teaching career. Furthermore, living in the city challenged my faith, allowing me to mature as a Christian professional,” Dunn said.
As a result of Liberty’s Washington Fellowship program, Michelle Dunn has built a solid foundation for her future and will begin her teaching career this spring. As an increasing number of students pursue this opportunity, Liberty continues to build new partnerships in D.C. with the goal of offering relevant internships to students of all majors.
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