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Career Center offers Washington, D.C., internships

November 20, 2008 : Dominique McKay

Liberty University’s Washington Semester Internship Program is now under the management of Liberty’s Career Center, but the goal remains the same: to train and equip young leaders by providing students with practical training and educational opportunities in and around the nation’s capital.

According to Director Carrie Barnhouse, participants will gain academic internship credit as well as valuable life skills.

“Our goal is to see students learn and grow through experiential education opportunities provided in D.C.,” she said. “Our chancellor has often referred to these students as being on the front lines. They are fighting the cultural war by conquering the capital.”

In the spring, Liberty students participated in internships at the White House, Concerned Women for America headquarters and the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

“With the changes taking place in Washington with the recent election, it is more important than ever to ensure our students are being mentored, trained and equipped to help make a difference,” Barnhouse said.

She said more than 100 students have participated in this program during the past three years and nearly half of them have been offered jobs.

“When they get to D.C. they make contacts and develop relationships with networks that help secure employment later in life,” she said.

Nearly 50 percent of the students who complete their Washington Semester internships said they learned skills that would be beneficial in their future careers, she said.

With more than 5,000 alumni living and working within a 60-mile radius of D.C., the Career Center is working with these professionals to find placement opportunities for interns.

“Our goal is to identify students’ career goals. It is important to know what you want to do with your major and how you plan to use your skills,” Barnhouse said. “We want to find internships that are relative to helping secure a students’ future.”